Pope Demands Bishop Disavow Shoah Remarks

Vatican's Reversal Comes Amid Uproar

By JTA

Published February 04, 2009.
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The Vatican has called on a Holocaust-denying bishop to recant his views.

In a statement Wednesday, the Vatican secretariat of state said Bishop Richard Williamson “must absolutely, unequivocally and publicly distance himself from his positions on the Shoah,” The New York Times reported.

Williamson, a member of a schismatic Catholic sect, said in a recent television interview that he doubted the existence of Nazi gas chambers and believed that only a few hundred thousand Jews lost their lives during the Holocaust. Williamson’s views generated a crisis for the church after Pope Benedict XVI revoked a longstanding excommunication order against Williamson and three other bishops last month.

The statement comes as more voices were added to the chorus of criticism that has greeted Benedict’s decision to pursue greater unity within the church by moving towards a rapprochement with the renegade sect.

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, said Tuesday that Williamson’s views were “utterly false,” according to the Catholic News Service. And on Wednesday, the World Jewish Congress weighed in, saying the pope’s decision was “badly advised” and welcoming the Vatican’s insistence that Williamson recant.






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