BISHOP ANTHONY FISHER, CO-ORDINATOR OF WORLD YOUTH DAY, 16 JULY, 2008: “Happily, I think most of Australia was enjoying [and] delighting in the beauty and goodness of these young people and the hope for us doing these sorts of things better in the future, as we saw last night, rather than dwelling crankily, as a few people are doing, on old wounds.”
23 ‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You pay your tithe of mint and dill and cummin and have neglected the weightier matters of the Law-justice, mercy, good faith! These you should have practised, those not neglected.
24 You blind guides, straining out gnats and swallowing camels!
25 ‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of cup and dish and leave the inside full of extortion and intemperance.
26 Blind Pharisee! Clean the inside of cup and dish first so that it and the outside are both clean.
27 ‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs that look handsome on the outside, but inside are full of the bones of the dead and every kind of corruption.
28 In just the same way, from the outside you look upright, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 ‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build the sepulchres of the prophets and decorate the tombs of the upright,
30 saying, “We would never have joined in shedding the blood of the prophets, had we lived in our ancestors’ day.”
31 So! Your own evidence tells against you! You are the children of those who murdered the prophets!
32 Very well then, finish off the work that your ancestors began.
33 ‘You serpents, brood of vipers, how can you escape being condemned to hell?
Jews outraged by Holocaust-denying bishop
Victor L. Simpson
January 23, 2009
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s relations with Jews risked a new crisis Friday after an excommunicated British bishop — reportedly in line for rehabilitation — said that historical evidence “is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed” during World War II. Two Italian newspapers reported Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI planned to lift the excommunication of Richard Williamson and three other bishops punished for having been consecrated without papal consent 20 years ago by the late French conservative Archbishop Marcel Lefevbre…
Pope Lifts Excommunication of Four Bishops
January 24, 2009
…The decree concludes : “It is hoped that this step will be followed by the accomplishment of full communion of the entire Fraternity of Saint Pius X with the Church, thus, with visible unity testifying true fidelity and true recognition of the Magisterium and of the authority of the Pope”.
Vatican: Comments by Holocaust denier unacceptable
January 26, 2009
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Monday that comments by a recently rehabilitated bishop that no Jews were gassed during the Holocaust were unacceptable and violate Church teaching. In a front-page article, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reaffirmed that Pope Benedict XVI deplored all forms of anti-Semitism and that all Roman Catholics must do the same. The article was issued amid an outcry from Jewish groups that Benedict last week lifted the excommunication of a traditionalist bishop, Richard Williamson, who has denied that 6 million Jews were murdered during World War II. The Vatican has stressed that removing the excommunication by no means implied the Vatican shared Williamson’s views…
German Far-Right Hails Holocaust Denier Williamson
January 27, 2009
Germany’s far right has welcomed the move by German Pope Benedict XVI to lift the excommunication of British bishop Richard Williamson, who denied the Holocaust in an interview last week. German Jewish leaders are appalled at the decision. In the churches and chapels of the Society of Saint Pius X, the incense burners at the holy masses have been swung with even greater vigor since the weekend in joy over the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to lift the excommunication of their founding father, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the bishops he ordained, among them Archbishop Richard Williamson. British bishop Richard Williamson denied the Holocaust in an interview on Swedish television. Germany’s far right is equally pleased with the decision and is hailing Williamson as a hero — because he has denied the Holocaust. He told Swedish television in an interview broadcast last Wednesday: “I believe there were no gas chambers.” He claimed that only 300,000 Jews perished in the Nazi concentration camps, instead of the 6 million figure that is widely accepted by historians…
Pope in bid to dampen bishop row
January 29, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI has expressed “full and indisputable solidarity” with Jews, distancing himself from a bishop who denies the Nazis used gas chambers. Briton Richard Williamson was among four bishops whose excommunications were lifted by the Pope last week. Bishop Williamson said recently [November 2008]: “I believe there were no gas chambers”…
German Jews Cut Contact with Catholic Church
January 29, 2009
Charlotte Knobloch, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said on Thursday that she was severing contact with the Catholic Church. Her move stems from the pope’s decision to void the excommunication of Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson…
A broad church after all
January 31, 2009
…It should be obvious to disinterested observers that the lifting of a canonical penalty for the four bishops’ breach of canon law is completely unrelated to the question of whether the church in any way endorses the offensive non-theological opinions of one of them. In fact the Pope has gone out of his way to make a pilgrimage to Auschwitz, reiterating his solidarity with the Jewish people this week while preaching on the lessons of the Holocaust. His primary responsibility is not to ingratiate himself with the Left-liberal press but to bring separated brethren – including the inconvenient and the barking mad as well as the mild-mannered conservatives – back into the church…
Holocaust-denying Bishop apologises to Pope
January 31, 2009
The holocaust denier at the centre of a spiralling scandal after Pope Benedict XVI rescinded his excommunication voiced his “regrets” for causing the pontiff “unnecessary distress.” Bishop Richard Williamson referred to as “imprudent” remarks carried last week by Swedish television in which he said no more than 300,000 Jews died in the Holocaust, and none in gas chambers…
Pope promotes conservative cleric
BBC News, Rome
January 31, 2009
Pope Benedict has made a controversial appointment, days after revoking the excommunication of a bishop who is a Holocaust denier. He promoted ultra-conservative cleric Fr Gerhard Maria Wagner to assistant bishop of the Austrian city of Linz… The bishop apologised for shaming the Church, but not for his views. Fr Wagner is also notorious for his extreme views – he has accused the popular Harry Potter novels of spreading Satanism, and described Hurricane Katrina as God’s punishment for the sinners of New Orleans. He wrote in a parish newsletter that the death and destruction caused by the hurricane in New Orleans was divine retribution for the city’s tolerance of homosexuals and permissive sexual attitudes…
Cardinal admits error over Holocaust denier
Kate Connolly in Berlin
February 4, 2009
The cardinal in charge of the Vatican’s relations with Jews has admitted that the Pope’s decision to rehabilitate an ultra-conservative bishop who denies the Holocaust was dealt with poorly and was the result of bad management in the Vatican hierarchy. In a frank interview with the German service of Vatican Radio, Cardinal Walter Kasper acknowledged that communication between decision-makers had been lacking. “There wasn’t enough talking with each other in the Vatican and there are no longer checks to see where problems could arise,” he said…
‘Holocaust bishop’ told to recant
February 4, 2009
The Vatican has ordered an ultra-traditionalist bishop to publicly recant his views denying the Holocaust. A statement said British Bishop Richard Williamson must “unequivocally” distance himself from his statements to serve in the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican also said that the Pope had not been aware of the bishop’s views when he lifted excommunications on him and three other bishops last month. Earlier, a senior cardinal acknowledged the Vatican had mishandled the issue…
Bishop Richard Williamson was born in 1940, the son of an Anglican vicar.