German court fines SSPX Bishop Williamson for denying Holocaust

By Reuters Staff
July 12, 2011

(Photo: Bishop Williamson leaves for London after expulsion order from Argentina, 24 Feb 2009/Enrique Marcarian)

Ultra-traditionalist Catholic bishop Richard Williamson was fined 6,500 euros Monday by a German court for publicly denying the Holocaust in 2009, a court spokesman said. British-born Williamson, 71, who belongs to a controversial Catholic splinter group, the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), was appealing a 2010 fine of 10,000 euros for telling Swedish TV that no more than 300,000 Jews perished in the Holocaust.

He also denied in the interview the existence of gas chambers at Nazi concentration camps. Holocaust denial is a hate crime in Germany. Consensus among historians is that the Nazis killed six million Jews in the Holocaust.

Williamson’s statements became an embarrassment for the Vatican which readmitted him after a 22-year excommunication only days following the interview. In his 2010 book, Light of the World, Pope Benedict XVI said he would not have lifted the ban on Williamson if he had known of his far-right views, adding that the Vatican’s poor communications in the matter was a “total meltdown.”

German prosecutors demanded increasing the fine to 12,000 euros during the appeals process.

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Bishop Williamson was not “readmitted”. He had a canonical penalty lifted. Just because you have a canonical penalty lifted does not you are automatically reintegrated into the Church. They are still outside the Communion of the Church because they refuse to accept Church teaching, especially regarding Vatican II.

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WinterGreen, you’re confusing “readmitted” and “reintegrated.” Williamson and the three other SSPX bishops were outside of the Communion of the Church when they were excommunicated. When the ban of excommunication was lifted, they were back inside of the Communion of the Church. So they were readmitted to the Church, which was the minimal step to take. But they have not — or at least not yet — been fully reintegrated as bishops (which they are, validly but illicitly), which means they have no clerical role or function within the Church. The whole point of the negotiations that have been going on between the Vatican and the SSPX is to come to an agreement on Church teaching, especially acceptance of Vatican II, as a prerequisite for reintegrating them into the Catholic clergy. This was clearly going to require concessions from the SSPX, but Pope Benedict handed them the Vatican’s main bargaining chip — the excommunications — before the SSPX made any concession on Vatican II. So it’s no surprise these talks seem to be going nowhere. The SSPX bishops are no longer excommunicated and they continue to ordain priests in defiance of the Vatican and oppose Vatican II. They got what they wanted and the Vatican go nothing.

[...] outburst, and relations between the Catholic Church and the Jews became strained. Bishop Williamson was eventually fined 6500 Euros by a German [...]

Teh poep claims he didnt know about williamson. He has spent most of his life in an organization where almost every serious matter goes to the top.

I guess another catholic didnt know about the gas chambers also – Adolph Hitler, born and baptised catholic in Linz Austria in 1888.

Where’s the connection – http://nobeliefs.com/nazis.htm – shocking.

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I wonder if hitler would have readmitted the ghosts of 6 million Jews to life?

Yes sure, ugh

Benedict was born in 1928 and grew up in the nazi era. He learned his lessons well in their hitler youth core, even if he was drafted.

Just note that now that this issue has been exposed, we have all these complicated lies appearing.

The church will do anything to preserve its money and power. Its been reported that Williamson has about 600,000 neo nazi followers.

The church needs the money to pay off the victims of the endless hidden molestation of children.

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