Monday, February 23, 2009

Argentinian Church welcomes Bishop's expulsion

- “La expulsión de Williamson nos sacó un peso de encima”

The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires synthesised the views of the Church in Argentina. The priest Guillermo Marcó said that the Lefevre bishop had come to Argentina without anyone inviting him.

The expulsion of a British bishop Richard Williamson, who denied the existence of the Jewish Holocaust "lifted a weight " from the Catholic Church in Argentina.

In this way, the priest Guillermo Marco described the reaction within the church to the decision of the national government. Marco responsible for the Archdiocesan Pastoral Universitaria de Buenos Aires, said:

"The opinion of the Church is not just one opinion of a priest or a bishop but is expressed through her documents." With these words Williamson broke from Catholicism when he said that no Jew died in the gas chambers of Nazi concentration camps.

The priest said: "The expulsion of Williamson brings us a problem of excess." He also recalled that the Lefevre bishop "came to Argentina without anyone asking him."

The English prelate served at the seminary in the town of La Reja.

"In the ecclesiastical world one cannot be unaware of what it means to give a statement to the media and I do not know if he thought when he making these statements, but, of course, reveal his thinking. It's like saying that San Martín did not cross the Andes; to discuss this is absolutely ridiculous, " he said.
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