Vatican rejects bishop apology for Holocaust remarks

February 26, 2009

The Vatican dismissed as insufficient Bishop Richard Williamson’s apology for making comments minimizing the Holocaust.

(HH here: I had some SLIGHT reservations about this new pope-dude but in this situation he certainly seems to have stepped up to the plate and stayed there once this psuedo-bishop’s views came out. I will be nice and not even question their explanation that the Pope didn’t make a mistake since he was not properly briefed. HEck it might even be true. What matters is that he looked at a line in the sand and stood on the right side of it.)

Williamson expressed regret for making the remarks but did not recant his views.

Pope Benedict XVI sparked a furor last month when he reinstated Williamson and three other excommunicated bishops, all members of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, just days after Williamson told Swedish TV that he believed “that the historical evidence is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler.” He said no more than a few hundred Jews died in Europe during World War II.

This week, Williamson expressed regret for making the remarks.

The Vatican said Williamson’s apology “does not seem to respect the conditions” for readmission into the Catholic Church as a clergyman, a Vatican spokesman said Friday, because it does not apologize for the Holocaust denial itself.

Williamson left Argentina this week after authorities there expelled him for violating the conditions of his work visa. …

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