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Bishop Williamson Apologizes for Holocaust Comments
Zenit ^ | 2009-02-26

Posted on 02/26/2009 12:48:06 PM PST by annalex

Bishop Williamson Apologizes for Holocaust Comments


Expresses Regret for Harm to Church and Victims

LONDON, FEB. 26, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Bishop Richard Williamson, formerly excommunicated member of the Society of St. Pius X, apologized today for statements in which he denied the extent of the Holocaust.

In a statement published on his return to London on Wednesday after being expelled by the government of Argentina, the prelate explained that "the Holy Father and my superior, Bishop Bernard Fellay, have requested that I reconsider the remarks I made on Swedish television four months ago, because their consequences have been so heavy."

The bishop, along with three other Lefebvrite prelates, had their 20-year excommunication lifted at the end of January, in the framework of Benedict XVI's continuing efforts to heal the schism between the society and the Church. Around the same time, the bishop appeared on public television and made reductionist statements about the Jewish Holocaust that gave rise to extensive controversy.

Bishop Williamson continued, "Observing these consequences I can truthfully say that I regret having made such remarks, and that if I had known beforehand the full harm and hurt to which they would give rise, especially to the Church, but also to survivors and relatives of victims of injustice under the Third Reich, I would not have made them."

The prelate said that on Swedish television he only gave the "opinion [...] of a non-historian," a perspective "formed 20 years ago on the basis of evidence then available, and rarely expressed in public since."

However, he recognized, "the events of recent weeks and the advice of senior members of the Society of St. Pius X have persuaded me of my responsibility for much distress caused."

He added, "To all souls that took honest scandal from what I said, before God I apologize."

Bishop Williamson concluded, "As the Holy Father has said, every act of unjust violence against one man hurts all mankind."

On Feb. 12 Benedict XVI, reiterating again the Church's view of the Holocaust, affirmed that "it is clear that every negation or minimization of this terrible crime is intolerable and at the same time unacceptable."


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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ecumenism; Judaism
KEYWORDS: sspx; williamson

1 posted on 02/26/2009 12:48:06 PM PST by annalex
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To: NYer; narses

Sorry if double.


2 posted on 02/26/2009 12:48:33 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex

Now if the Mullahs will only be pressured to do so, all will be well.


3 posted on 02/26/2009 12:50:50 PM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: annalex

Yes, that’s all well and good, but

“the Holy Father and my superior, Bishop Bernard Fellay, have requested that I reconsider the remarks I made on Swedish television four months ago, because their consequences have been so heavy”

= “sorry because I have to”


4 posted on 02/26/2009 12:55:26 PM PST by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: annalex

The amazing thing about this is that few if any leftist kook prelates have ever offered this kind of public apology for their scandalous statements.


5 posted on 02/26/2009 1:15:05 PM PST by Antoninus (License is the ability to do whatever you want. Freedom is the right to do as you ought.)
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To: annalex

He isn’t repudiating his Holocaust denial, he’s apologizing for upsetting people.


6 posted on 02/26/2009 1:51:55 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Elsewhere Williamson said that he will study the rebuttals that appeared subsequent to the book by one Lechter (I think), which 20 years ago convinced him that there were no gas chambers.

He also said that if he is unable to change his views on the Holocaust, he will keep them private and do whatever necessary to avoid scandal.

However, you are correct, at this point he apologizes for the harm his interview has done to various people, but not for the views themselves.


7 posted on 02/26/2009 2:10:55 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: RegulatorCountry
He isn't repudiating his Holocaust denial, he's apologizing for upsetting people.

Yep. This is a "sorry you were offended" non-apology from someone who is sorry that he got caught (i.e. became a focus for a controversy that proved more uncomfortable than anticipated).

8 posted on 02/27/2009 6:07:22 AM PST by steve-b (Intelligent design is to evolutionary biology what socialism is to free-market economics.)
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