Look, the Pope gets to make the rules---it's his club and he gets to decide who plays and who doesn't. The Vatican does not claim to be democratic. That being said, all decisions rest on him, and him alone, and cannot be blamed on "the will of the people". The buck really does stop with Papa. So when he invites rabid anti-semites back into the fold, it's a reflection of his personal beliefs. Catholicism, and Christianity in general, places a premium on forgiveness---it's some good shit for the soul, and the story of Pope John-Paul II reconciling with his would-be assassin is truly heart-warming.
Contrast that with Benedict (the former heir to Torquemada) who has reached out to unrepentant anti-semitic holocaust deniers. This kind of act is symbolic, but what message is he trying to send? Catholics are all one big happy family? Hey, they invented excommunication for a reason. These guys, like Richard Williamson, are completely unrepentant. Even with the ex-excommunication, he is still spouting typical holocaust denial tripe:
"I believe that the historical evidence . . . is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed...I believe there were no gas chambers."
Gee, I really don't fucking care what you believe, you sick, demented fuck. But I do care that Il Papa has invited you back up into the treehouse. That shit makes baby Jesus weep. It also makes me wonder what Benedicts goal is here. But, hey, it's his club, he can do what he wants. Viva Il Papa, right or wrong.
This may sound a little radical, but perhaps Catholics should be speaking out against their Dear Leader?
(Yes, my back still hurts...so what?)