"Holocaust-denying bishop" banned in German city's churches
Holocaust-denying bishop banned in German city's churches
Posted : Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:48:12 GMT

Regensburg, Germany - Amid a storm of outrage from Jews, Catholics and fellow traditionalists, a right-wing Catholic bishop, Richard Williamson, was declared unwelcome Wednesday in the German city where he appeared to deny the Holocaust last week. To end a schism, Rome last week lifted its excommunication of four men who ran the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) outside the church for more than 20 years. British-born Williamson, who runs a seminary in Argentina, was one of them.

Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, the Catholic bishop of the German city of Regensburg, said Wednesday that Williamson would not be allowed to set foot in his cathedral or any other church property.

The claim that the Nazi gas chambers had never existed, and "only 200,000 to 300,000 Jews" had been killed by the Nazis were "inhuman" and "sacrilegious," Mueller said.

The diocese released its response a day after a Holocaust memorial service in Regensburg, which is also the home base of Pope Benedict XVI and the site of a papal speech that upset Muslims in 2006.

Mueller said Williamson had placed himself outside the church.

Aides conceded that Mueller's ban was more symbolic than disciplinary, since Mueller has no control over the SSPX or its training centre at Zaitzkofen in his diocese.

Public prosecutors have opened an inquiry against Williamson over his remarks last week at Zaitzkofen. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.

The German Conference of Catholic Bishops has also rejected Williamson's remarks. In Rome, Pope Benedict XVI expressed "solidarity" Wednesday with the Jewish people and said the reality of the Holocaust cannot be cancelled through any form of denial.

On Wednesday, the Israeli Chief Rabbi officially broke off ties with the Vatican in protest at the decision to lift the excommunication on Williamson.

The SSPX publicly dissociated itself on Tuesday from Williamson.

Historical research using population data suggests between 5 million and 6 million European Jews were killed by privation and violence during the Second World War. The Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem estimates it has names of up to 4 million.

Hundreds of thousands of Jews were "exterminated" with gas at Auschwitz death camp.
While I disagree with Bishop Williamson's remarks, I also disagree with the contention that his remarks are "sacrilegious."  Bishop Mueller may need to choose better words to describe Bishop Williamson's remarks.
Will Holocaust denial soon become a mortal sin (if it isn't considered so already)? Will Holocaust remembrance day become a holy day of obligation binding on all Catholics?

Robb Wrote:Will Holocaust denial soon become a mortal sin (if it isn't considered so already)? Will Holocaust remembrance day become a holy day of obligation binding on all Catholics?
JP2 has already said Holocaust denial is a "sin against God and man." The use of the term "sacrilegious" seems intentional. The Holocaust is shaping up to be the centerpiece of a new Man-oriented religion. No doubt abortion politicians are welcome in German NO churches.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany just called for an "outcry" against the Pope:

Perhaps this symbolic banning in Germany is an attempt at appeasement.

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