Pope lifts excommunications of 4 bishops, including Holocaust denier
Last Updated: Saturday, January 24, 2009 | 10:19 PM ET Comments175Recommend60
The Associated Press
Pope Benedict has lifted the excommunications of four traditionalist bishops, including a Holocaust denier whose rehabilitation sparked outrage among Jewish groups.
The four bishops were excommunicated 20 years ago after they were consecrated by the late ultraconservative Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre without papal consent — a move the Vatican said at the time was an act of schism.
The Vatican said Saturday that Benedict rehabilitated the four as part of his efforts to bring Lefebvre's Society of St. Pius X back into the Vatican's fold.
But the move came just days after one of the four, British Bishop Richard Williamson, was shown in a Swedish state TV interview saying that historical evidence "is hugely against six million Jews having been deliberately gassed."
Makes one warm all over to see this generosity of spirit! Or does it?