Jewish Journal


February 9, 2009

Bishop who denied Holocaust booted from seminary leadership



La Reja sketch

Bishop Richard Williamson has been welcomed back into the Catholic Church, amid much controversy and the pope’s demand that he recant statements denying Holocaust, but he’s now persona non grata at the Argentine seminary of the traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X that he had run during his excommunication.

The NYT reports:

The seminary announced the dismissal on Sunday in a statement that said the bishop, Richard Williamson was no longer the director of the La Reja seminary on the outskirts of the Argentina capital.

He has said the “historical evidence” argues against Nazi gas chambers and said that only 200,000 to 300,000 people died in concentration camps in the Holocaust.

Bishop Williamson’s views “in no way reflect the position of our congregation,” the Rev. Christian Bouchacourt, the director of the Latin America branch of the Catholic Society of St. Pius X, said in the statement. He expressed “sadness” that Bishop Williamson’s statements had “discredited” the congregation.

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