A firestorm has erupted over the alleged statement of Giacomo Babini, the emeritus bishop of Grosseto, that the criticism of the Church is due to a “Zionist attack.” While Babini, 81, has been quoted before on the Catholic website Pontifex, he denied making the statements against Jews and homosexuals.
Babini is quoted as saying “They do not want the church, they are its natural enemies. Deep down, historically speaking, the Jews are God killers.”
Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, an official at the Italian Bishops’ Conference, has denounced Babini’s remarks as “entirely contrary to the official line and mainstream thought of the Catholic church.” Babini insists “[s]tatements I have never made about our Jewish brothers have been attributed to me,” he said.
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