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Pope's brother defends his Holiness over Williamson holocaust scandal Georg Ratzinger slams Angela Merkel over criticism
Georg Ratzinger has defended his brother Pope Benedict XVI over his decision to rehabilitate Bishop Williamson, a Holocaust denier, into the Catholic
Church - and slammed Angela Merkel for her criticism.
Williamson (68) was excommunicated from the Catholic Church in 1988 and has now been rehabilitated by Benedict XVI. He has often publicly denied the
Holocaust, as well as airing other outrageous conspiracy theories.
“He doesn’t need me to defend him. But it angers me how unjust and badly informed the people who are attacking him are,” the Regensburg Music
Director, 'Domkapellmeister', Georg Ratzinger told German newspaper ‘Leipziger Volkszeitung’. He finds the harsh criticism the Pope has received
from people in his native Germany, as well as from the rest of the world, unjust: “We always speak about an informed society, when in reality it is
Georg Ratzinger (85) finds German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open criticism of the Pope particularly disappointing: “I always saw her as a
rational woman. But perhaps at the moment she is under pressure to say something irrational.” Ratzinger says he speaks with his brother in the
Vatican on the phone, but doesn't discuss the scandal: “We usually talk about personal things.”
German bishop Gregor Maria Hanke has also slammed Merkel’s opinion, saying he finds it disconcerting “how the Pope’s integrity is now being
questioned by politicians and statesmen."
Even members of the German Parliament are criticising Merkel for involving herself in the debate surrounding the rehabilitation: CSU politician Bernd
Posselt warned the Chancellor about continuing to “act as the Pope’s teacher.”
Angela Merkel has, however, received support from members of her own party, the Central Council of Jews and SPD head Franz Muntefering, who said: “I
think it is unacceptable to rehabilitate a bishop who denies the Holocaust.”
After days of silence the Pope and the Vatican issued a statement "firmly rejecting" the views of Williamson and ordering him to publicly recant
them in order to stay in the Church.