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Holocaust denier Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson

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posted on May, 19 2009 @ 11:07 AM
Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson

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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 uninformed.”

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.

posted on May, 19 2009 @ 09:43 PM
The reason why Williamson was allowed to reconcile with the Church is that his excommunication was enacted in conjunction with others whose consecrations were officiated by Lefebvre. The reason for the excommunication had nothing to do with his beliefs about the holocaust.

When the Church allowed the reconciliation of those ordained by Lefebvre, Williamson was amongst those (there were three other Bishops) that were automatically brought back into the fold.

There would have to be a second excommunication for his propagation of his bizarre and despicable holocaust denial. One has nothing to do with the other. He may still be excommunicated or defrocked if he disobeys the directive to recant.



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