Everytime you think the Catholic Church has gotten as ignorant, petty and small minded as it can possibly get, Pope Benedict seems to have another trick up his sleeve. This week saw the promotion to bishop of Austrian pastor Gerhard Wagner, who is on record as welcoming Hurricane Katrina as the divine punishment of gay-friendly New Orleans.

But even this seems almost reasonable compared to Benedict’s recent welcoming back to the flock of formerly excommunicated clerics, including Richard Williamson of the Vatican 2 denying, radically conservative Society of St. Pius X. What else does Williamson deny? How about the Holocaust, just for starters? So elated was Williamson at his return to the church, he rushed right on onto Sedish television to… deny the Holocaust. Again.

historical evidence is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler.

Pope Benedict has remained conspicuously silent in regards to Williamson’s personal beliefs, which also include the notion that women should not be allowed to wear trousers and that the moon is a vast, pagan conspiracy. 

My question is, if you’re going to deny the Holocaust, why stop there? I’m hereby announcing a new and exciting time in the denial of historical fact. From here on out, I’ll be denying that World War II ever happened. Also, having visited many so called “battlegrounds” from the American Civil War, I find that there is very little evidence that these mostly idyllic fields ever hosted some sort of ludicrous ‘war between the states.’ In the interest of supporting this thesis, I’ll be also denying centuries of slavery in America. And while we’re at it, I don’t think there’s any historical evidence for The Chocolate War, The War of the Worlds, The War of The Buttons, The Great Milagro Beanfield War, War and Peace, and the Ultimate Warrior. So there.