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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pope says Williamson was "never Catholic in the proper sense"

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Jewish group urges pope to ban Holocaust denier | Reuters:

"In a book due out next week, Benedict says he would not have lifted the 22-year excommunication ban on Williamson if he had known of his far-right views. The pope said the Vatican's poor communications in that row was a 'total meltdown.'

'Holocaust survivors call on Pope Benedict to categorically assert moral authority and reinstate the excommunication of Bishop Williamson which was lifted last year,' Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, said in a statement.

'Williamson's grotesque comments denigrating the tragedy of the Holocaust are now compounded by his engaging a notorious right-wing extremist as his lawyer,' he said."

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"Benedict said in a new book, Light of the World, that Williamson was "never Catholic in the proper sense" because he converted from Anglicanism to the SSPX. "That means that he has never lived in the great Church" under papal authority, he said."
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