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Vatican Orders Williamson to Recant over Holocaust Views
Sorry if this was posted before. From #800080">The Guardian
Vatican orders Holocaust-denying bishop Richard Williamson to recant
#800000">Pope 'did not know about bishop's views' when he agreed to lift his excommunication and those of three other conservative bishops
The Vatican today told a Holocaust-denying bishop he must publicly recant before being readmitted into the Roman Catholic church.
In a statement, officials also said Pope Benedict XVI did not know about Bishop Richard Williamson's views when he agreed to lift his excommunication, and those of three other ultra-conservative bishops, last week.
The statement was issued by the Vatican's secretariat of state a day after the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, urged the Pope to make a clearer rejection of Holocaust denials, saying clarification from the Vatican had been inadequate.
Merkel said she had been forced to break her own rule of not criticising or commenting on internal church matters because the issue was a "question of principle".
She called on the Pope to "unambiguously clarify" his position.
"When a decision by the Vatican gives rise to the impression that the Holocaust may be denied, this cannot be allowed to stand ... it's a matter of affirming very clearly on the part of the Pope and the Vatican that there must be no denial here," she said.
The chancellor added that "as a Protestant Christian" she was "encouraged" that many voices in the Catholic church were also urging the Vatican to explain its position.
Cardinal Karl Lehmann, a former chairman of the Conference of German Bishops, the highest post in the Catholic church in Germany, said the decision to rehabilitate Williamson had been "a disaster for all Holocaust survivors".
He called on the Pontiff to apologise.
The reinstated bishops are the followers of Marcel Lefebvre, who rejected the reforms of the Vatican council and ordained the bishops without the authorisation of Rome, leading to their excommunication.
They formed the Society of St Pius X, which retained the pre-reform stance of the church that Jews shared collective guilt for Christ's death.
One of the four, Williamson, said in an interview with Swedish television last month: "I believe there were no gas chambers," claiming that no more than 300,000 Jews died in concentration camps.
He later apologised in a blog posting for the "unnecessary distress" he had caused the Pope, but failed to withdraw his remarks.
The Pope necame embroiled in a fresh row this weekend after promoting an ultra-conservative Austrian clergyman, Gerhard Maria Wagner, to the status of bishop.
Wagner had been quoted as saying thatHurricane Katrina was an act of "divine retribution" for New Orleans' sexual permissiveness.
Can someone tell me when emphatic maintainance & unrelenting support of the Jewish Holocaust (c) become a sacred doctrine of Catholicism? I mean, seriously, it seems to me the Pope gets more passionate about this than the (real) Holocaust of Christians. Also, not a word about the Gaza Genocide....something occurring NOW, btw.
OT, but...if you take a look at the links at the bottom of The Guardian's page, you'll notice an article headline about the Pope sparking "controversy by defending heterosexuality". SInce when is defending heterosexuality considered "controversial?" The GLBTF agenda really is taking over....