It is important to continue to educate people about history and tell the truth. It is also vital to the fleshing-out of the Gospel to extend forgiveness to everyone, including those who don’t even deserve it, because none of us do. We all are frail, imperfect beings. It’s my experience that people who are filled with such hatred for a race or religion other than their own are also suffering from a massive case of self-hatred, and are projecting. In the meantime, it feels to me like a waste of human energy for any of us to point a finger at those who wish to create controversy. That behavior only spreads the virus that is their discontent and hate, fueled by lies – it sows division and confusion.
Pope Benedict is trying to reconcile a group of Catholics who have been out of communion with the Church. Bishop Williamson happens to be part of that group. The fact that he is delusional and a victim of his own brand of self righteous finger-pointing and bigotry, although unfortunate, is purely a coincidence. It does shine a light on whether or not he is in the right state of grace to re-enter full communion with the Church. But that is between him and God, and his confessor.
However, if it is not for moments like this that we need grace and forgiveness, I know not another occasion. These problems are not theological in nature, but they definitely go against the rule of natural law, and the rule of love, that they deserve to be taken in consideration when examining his case for communion.
I hope and pray that the Tribunal in Rome does do that.