Rebel Catholic SSPX group expels Holocaust-denier Bishop Williamson

October 24, 2012

(British-born Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson (2nd L) is escorted by police on his arrival at Heathrow Airport in London February 25, 2009. A Roman Catholic bishop who caused an international uproar by denying the scale of the Holocaust arrived back in his native Britain on Wednesday after the Argentine government ordered him out. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

A rebel Catholic traditionalist group has expelled British-born Bishop Richard Williamson who deeply embarrassed the Vatican by denying the Holocaust shortly before he was readmitted to the Church three years ago.

The Swiss-based Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), whose four bishops were excommunicated from 1988 to 2009, said on Wednesday it took the step because Williamson had disobeyed his superiors.

Williamson, 72, an opponent of recent SSPX efforts to win full reintegration into the Church, caused an international uproar with his ultra-hardline views broadcast only days before the Vatican lifted the bans on him and three other bishops.

His presence in the SSPX leadership appeared to be a hurdle to any accord with the Vatican. But negotiations have broken down in any case so his departure may not have an effect on the group’s relations with Rome.

The statement said Williamson was excluded for “having distanced himself from the management and the government of the SSPX for several years and refusing to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors”.

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A rebel Catholic traditionalist group? Really????

And nice how you mention “excommunication” but you don’t mention that the “excommunication” was nullified and not “lifted” which means it never existed.

This article seems to only serve to stir the pot yet again and defame Catholics.

It is time for a Catholic Anti-defamation league.

Posted by jag7720 | Report as abusive

It is undeniable that the SSPX bishops were excommunicated between 1988 and 2009. This information may have somehow been erased from Church records, as jag7720 suggests, but that detail — if it is true — does not change what happened. As for defamation of Catholics, the Williamson affair has surely been far more harmful to the Catholic Church than any single news story could be.

Posted by Tom Heneghan | Report as abusive