A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a couple of posts about the Pope welcoming an excommunicated Bishop,Richard Williamson , back into the church. He had been excommunicated back in the 1960’s due to his denial of the Holocaust. There was outrage over the world because of the Pope’s decision.
Now the bishop under fire for denying the Holocaust wants to examine the historical evidence before any possible renunciation of his belief that not a single Jew died in Nazi gas chambers, a report said. Are you kidding me?
“If I find proof I would rectify (earlier statements)… But all that will take time,” Bishop Richard Williamson was quoted as saying by the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel.
A month ago in an interview on Swiss TV he said,”I believe there were no gas chambers… I think that 200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps but none of them by gas chambers,” Williamson said at the time.
“There was not one Jew killed by the gas chambers. It was all lies, lies, lies!” he said.
Now he says “All my life, I have sought the truth,” Williamson said, adding that he had recently ordered a book on the “technique” of gas chambers in Auschwitz. “I will read and study it,” he said.
Last week, the Vatican said that the Bishop should “unequivocally” distance himself from his statements. Like that is possible at this point.
It also said the bishop’s remarks, denying the Nazis used gas chambers to eliminate millions of European Jews in World War II, were not known to the pope when he decided last month to lift the excommunication of four renegade bishops, including Williamson.
In response, Germany’s Catholic bishops are calling for the expulsion of the former bishop.
In statements to Spiegel Online, the Web site of the German news magazine, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch said;
“Mr. Williamson is impossible and irresponsible,” Zollitsch, chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, told the magazine in an article published Saturday. “I now see no room for him in the Catholic Church.”
The Vatican has faced criticism since the Pope lifted the excommunication of the Bishop and announced the move three days later, just days after a Swedish Public Television interview in which Williamson said Germany’s systematic murder of millions of Jews during World War II never happened.
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