This comes just a FEW DAYS after a Swedish television aired an interview with the British bishop in which the 68-year-old claimed the Nazis did not use gas chambers.
“I believe that the historical evidence is strongly against — is hugely against — 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler,” he said in the interview,
“I believe there were no gas chambers,” he added. “I think that 200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, but none of them by gas chambers.”
Are you kidding me?????
Someone give this guy a tour of the hellish camps.
Oh, even if innocent people were not killed by gas chambers, does this guy think it was okay that they were killed?
The pope’s decree, issued Saturday, brings back into the Catholic Church’s fold Bishop Richard Williamson and three other bishops who belong to the Society of Saint Pius X.
There is outrage across Europe as well over this decision.
German papers voiced strong criticism of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to revoke the excommunication of four schismatic bishops. The progressive daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung described the pope’s decision as an ‘original sin’,
“The pope’s reconciliation with a revolting anti-Semite is disconcerting – the Munich-based daily wrote – “By rehabilitating the bishop Benedict XVI torpedoes the Christian-Jewish dialogue and confirms the opinion of those who judge sternly in part his pontificate”.
The daily Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung wrote that
“even worse (than the readmission of the schismatic bishops) is the fact that one who negates the Holocaust can be re-admitted into the bosom of the Church. Pope Benedict has required all leftist theologians who went too far on the dogmatic plane to keep silent as a sign of repentance and retraction of his errors. Nothing of this kind, on the contrary, he demands from the extreme right fringes of his church”.
The society was founded by Archbishop Lefebrve, who rebelled against the Vatican’s modernizing reforms in the 1960s, and who consecrated the men in unsanctioned ceremonies. As a result, Pope John Paul II excommunicated the four in 1988.
This Bishop is also under investigation for comments on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.
A spokesman for the Vatican defends the action as part of its desire to normalize relations with the ultra-conservative group, and had nothing to do with the bishop’s personal views.
“While there are still hundreds of thousands of living Holocaust survivors amongst us who carry the scars of the Holocaust in them, to accept back a Holocaust-denying bishop raises questions if the Vatican under Pope XVI has learned the lesson of the Holocaust,” said Amos Hermon, who heads the Task Force Against Anti-Semitism at Israel’s Jewish Agency.
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