The Vatican has rejected an apology from a bishop whose denial of the Holocaust caused international uproar between Jews and Catholics, saying it did not meet its demand for a full and public recanting.
Williamson told Swedish television in an interview broadcast on Jan. 21, “I believe there were no gas chambers”. He said no more than 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, rather than the 6 million accepted by mainstream historians.
In his statement on Thursday, Williamson said, “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.”
Yes he has apologised only for the hurt, not for the views. I also found it interesting he could not bring himself to mention “Jews” in his apology. That would be too much for an anti-semite.
I’ve now worked out why he is such an anti-semite:
The row over Williamson has led many to take a closer look at the SSPX, its view of Jews and its future in the Church.
The Vatican says that before the SSPX can be fully readmitted into the Church, its leaders and members must first accept the teachings of the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council, which urged respect for Judaism and other religions.
One of its key documents, “Nostra Aetate” (In Our Times), repudiated the concept of collective Jewish guilt for Christ’s death.
This explains a lot. He actually believes the Jews did kill Jesus and are collectively guilty for it. What a nutter.Tags: anti-semitism, holocaust, Pope Benedict XVI, Richard Williamson