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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bishop Fellay will exclude Bishop Williamson from the SSPX if he denies the Holocaust again

Fellay exclura Williamson de sa communauté s'il nie encore l'Holocauste - dépêches AFP -

In an interview with the German weekly Der Spiegel to be published Monday, the superior of the of the Society of Saint Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, said that Bishop Richard Williamson will be excluded if he repeats his denial. "If he is silent, if he remains in a corner, thats probably best for everyone. I hope he disappears from public life for quite some time," Bishop Fellay said in this interview, announcing he will exclude Bishop Williamson from the SSPX "if he starts again to deny the Holocaust."

Bishop Fellay said that the apology by Bishop Williamson in a letter published Thursday are "in any case a first request for forgiveness, and an important step in the right direction." "One can always wish for a better formulation. Nevertheless, this request for forgiveness is sincere, his intention to withdrawn the comments is real," he continues. "He hurt and sullied our reputation. We make clear our distance from him," he says again. Bishop Fellay had asked Bishop Williamson to reconsider his denial and forbidden him to make public appearances without his agreement and relieved him of his office of Director of the Seminary of La Reja, near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bishop Williamson Thursday expressed regret for his statements later. But they have been deemed unsatisfactory by the Vatican. Bishops Bishop Fellay and Williamson are two of the four bishops whose excommunication were lifted by the Vatican in January. This decision created a huge controversy, because of the positions of Holocaust denial held by Bishop Williamson.
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