I recently saw a highly respected web log, written by a talmid chacham and kli kodesh, that cited a statement by Rav Steinman as reported in Yediot Achronot. He also brought someone else's reaction to Rav Steinman's statement. I was disgusted by the azus panim of the latter, but nu, there are plenty of mouth breathers out there who think they are the Ramchal reincarnated; but I was extremely disturbed by the former's failure to objurgate that chutzpedikeh screed. Coincidentally, I saw an article that reinforced Rav Steinman's statement, and a response (click on "Response from a Catholic Theologian") to that article by a Catholic theologian, whose thesis reflects the truth of, lehavdil, Rav Steinman's statement. I direct you primarily to the first paragraph. Unfortunately, there are people to whom the measured phrases of a Catholic theologian will mean more than.... The bottom line is that לא תרצח is a chiddush, and לא תנאף is a chiddush, and לא תגנוב is a chiddush.
I need to make this clear; one who remains silent when he hears of disrespect to a great talmid chacham, is complicit, rachmana litzlan, in the sin. Other, more respectable websites, no doubt are loath to even mention this issue because it is beneath contempt, or because dissemination might add to the Chillul Hashem. Baruch Hashem, this website doesn't have to worry about respectability, and it is so well matched to this week's parsha that I felt a need to post it.
There may be leadership figures whose status stems primarily from charisma or inheritance, and whose authority and status is specific to their group of followers, who knowingly and enthusiastically participate in their own deception. Rav Steinman, on the other hand, is a malach, a living sefer Torah whose middos and tzidkus and chesed are beyond the comprehension of the average human being. If you have a question about something a man of Rav Steinman's stature said, if something he is quoted as having said troubles you, then either work hard to understand what was said and why it was said and what it means, or just shut the hell up.