Church group removes Bishop
by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2012-10-24
Bishop Richard Williamson
A controversial British Bishop who has denied that Jews died in Nazi gas chambers has been expelled from his society.
The Society of St Pius Xhas confirmed that Bishop Richard Williamson, 72, was being excluded.
“Bishop Richard Williamson, 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, was declared excluded from the SSPX by decision of the superior general and its council on October 4 2012," the Society said in a statement.
The Holocaust denying Bishop has caused considerable embarrassment to the Catholic Church where he has expressed his view that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is true and has also called Jews "enemies of Christ".
Last year, Williamson was fined by a German court for his denial of the Holocaust in 2009.
“This painful decision has become necessary by concern for the common good of the Society of Saint Pius X and its good government," the Society added.
The head of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Ronald S Lauder has welcomed the expulsion of Williamson and said it should have been done years ago.
“It’s good that the hatemonger and Holocaust denier Williamson has finally been sent into the wilderness, but this is a decision the SSPX leadership should have taken years ago, when the cleric openly denied the existence of gas chambers," said Lauder.
"It is too little too late. The reasons now given for Williamson’s dismissal do not mention the damage this man has caused by spreading invective against Jews and others, be it from the pulpit, via his weekly newsletter and in his statements to the media."