The latest controversy tearing up the Catholic interwebs goes something like this:
1. Traditionalist blog Rorate Caeli publishes an account from an Argentinian correspondent who reports that Pope Francis, as Cardinal Bergoglio, was unfriendly to the TLM.
2. Catholic blogger Dawn Eden reports that RC's Argentinian correspondent is a Holocaust denier.
3. Other bloggers begin rending their garments in fury, posting multiple demands for Traditionalists everywhere to publicly and ritually purify themselves by writing long essays about how terrible, horrible, no-good-very-bad Anti-Semites are, to hurl anathemas from on high against our bigoted brethren, and to get down on our knees and praise God that we are not like other men.
The discussion was adroitly moved from the question of whether Cardinal Bergoglio was hostile to the TLM - either he was or he was not - to the character of the Traditionalist community. Okay, I'll bite. For the record, Holocaust denial is bad. And I too have indulged in the habit of plucking outrageous comments out of long threads and making blog posts about them. Eventually though, when I see the umpteenth blog post about "Just LOOK at what this combox warrior said! WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO?!" my response becomes "Yeah, people say all kinds of things on the internet." I'm just one dude who self-identifies as a Trad. Sure there are nutjobs who self-identify as Traditionalist as well. There are plenty of ignorant pagans and hedonistic apostates who self-identify as mainstream Catholics too. You don't always get to choose who's in the foxhole with you.
Sinners as a whole were responsible for the Passion of Christ. The Jewish people as a whole are not uniquely responsible for the death of our Blessed Lord. Now that I've pissed off the "urine and vinegar" Trads as Mark Shea calls them, it's time to piss off the neo-Caths: Jews consciously and willfully reject the message of the Gospel. They do not acknowledge Christ as the savior. Judaism, as a religion, is non-salvific. If the Law saves, then Christ died in vain. It's possible for Jews to be saved, but if they are, it is through Christ and Christ alone. "Dual Covenant theology" is rank heresy. I emphatically reject in the strongest possible manner the USCCB's reluctance to evangelize the Jewish people which they have, thankfully, backtracked from.
If I've made everyone angry, then my work is done for the day.