Guys, I just don't get it! I don't get SO many things that are so regularly listed as goo qualities of Bishop Williamson. I find him completely UN-intellectual for one thing, but everyone seems to think he's so "intellectual". For me he's like a caricature of a dilettante who grabs bits and pieces of stuff he's read or experienced and spins them totally irrationaally, illogically and subjectively into a "morass" (to use one of his "intelectual" words) of absolute non-sense. I find almost ALL of that 5 minute video clip objectionable, most of all in his proud, silly, american-bible-belt-style "the world's gonna pay for its sins and we chosen few are gonna be singin' alleluia" kind of crap, but also because he makes a mockery of theology, which is supposed to be grounded on faith and reason. His faith is too subjective and emotional and his reason is ALWAYS totally "off the rails" (to quote him again), disconnected, emotional, subjective, shallow, narrow and, most importantly, misleading for those who mistake a pretence of learning/ intelligence/ wisdom for the real thing. I can imagine Bishop Williamson trying to discuss issuues with the current Pope, and the Pope inwardly rolling his eyes at all the mistakes the Bishop is making, and trying to gently correct him, and the Bishop then breaking off at a certain point with "Oh! But how can HE understand ME? ME ME ME! I ALONE understand! His mind is unhinged! I must go off and stand for the truth ALONE, UNAPPRECIATED, by those who LOOK but cannot SEE, LISTEN but cannot HEAR!..." blah blah blah... When the simple truth is that the Bishop himself is a little "unhinged", and can't negotiate 2 plus 2 equals 4 himself, without adding a 5 and 6 and 7.
Yes he's amusing, but he ain't rational or realistic, and shouldn't be regarded as such.
Actually, I feel neutral about Williamson (I neither like nor dislike him), but I do find it a little irritating that you'll get more flak for saying things like that about him than you will for saying it about the Pope.