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 David Biema - “He's stopped apologizing and is talking about what ought to be. And whether or not that's sufficient for some Jewish critics, it's extraordinarily powerful and consistent with the very best of what he's tried to do in relation to the Jews.”
 David Biema - “The pope has long promised to lead the church in coming to terms with some of its sins on the occasion of the Jubilee. For him, it's the culmination of many years of work, as a pontiff who lost a lot of his Jewish friends during the horror of the Holocaust and questioned the complicity of his own faith as a result.”
 David Biema - “The Jewish Anti-Defamation League is unhappy with what's contained in 'Memory and Reconciliation,' because they believe it still fails to admit the church's corporate responsibility for any complicity in the Holocaust. It lays the blame on flawed humans -- although the document uses the term 'generations' to imply this wasn't simply a few bad apples -- rather than admitting any flaws on the part of the church itself.”
 David Biema - “Above and beyond giving a mea culpa, John Paul II will attempt to frame what the church means by a mea culpa. His belief that the church strengthens itself through a frank acknowledgment of past sins is a remarkable thing. But the Vatican is also being careful to make clear that this isn't simply a spectacular act of self-flagellation before hostile outsiders it's about the church's need to express regret and ask for God's pardon rather than to satisfy outsiders.”
 David Biema - “There's been a movement over the past decade to begin looking very seriously at the ways in which the Holocaust has been 'marketed' and used in support of contemporary political goals. As difficult as that notion may be for some people to engage, it's an important and reasonable topic for discussion. A ruling that excludes Irving from the realm of legitimate historical scholarship creates more space for serious discussion among academics who accept the basic truths of the Holocaust, but who're asking important questions about the ways in which its legacy may be used or misused.”
 David Biema - “Even when they released the 'Memory and Reconciliation' document, the Vatican made clear that there were different camps inside the church, some of whom felt the church was going too far in its apology and others who believe it hadn't gone far enough. Although this pope has gone a lot further than any in history toward acknowledging corporate responsibility on the part of the church, he's pushing against significant opposition, and the outcome will still be regarded as insufficient in some quarters.”