What was Benedict thinking?

The Vatican had already distanced itself from comments by bishop Richard Williamson, who has denied that 6 million Jews were murdered during World War II. The Holy See said that removing the excommunication by no means implied the Vatican shared Williamson’s views. (Jerusalem Post)

Then what did the lifting of the excommunication of Williamson imply?

As Elie Wiesel said, there’s no way the Vatican couldn’t have known about Williamson’s belief that the Holocaust didn’t happen before it lifted his excommunication.

It’s true that Williamson is not being allowed to function as a bishop. But the larger problem is, what was the pope thinking?

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2 thoughts on “What was Benedict thinking?

  1. @ Mike
    I don’t really get this one either. I understand how the theology of his movement may be in lines with Catholic teaching and we can separate out the bizarre historical opinion as one of this individual man’s preference. But still it is certainly a PR nightmare.

  2. While Williamson’s holocaust denial is bizarre, it probably is not grounds for excommunication. I think, that would have to do with spiritual matters like his belief in Jesus. I think it would be a good idea to check canon law on this one.

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