Bill Donohue won’t be pleased. That’s a good thing.
The Vatican demanded Wednesday that a bishop who denied the Holocaust recant his positions before being fully admitted into the Roman Catholic Church.
The Vatican also said in a statement that Pope Benedict XVI didn’t know about Bishop Richard Williamson’s views when he agreed to lift his excommunication and that of three other ultraconservative bishops Jan. 21.
The statement was issued by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State a day after German Chacellor Angela Merkel urged the pope to make a clearer rejection of Holocaust denials, saying there hadn’t been adequate clarification from the Vatican.
Williamson was shown on Swedish state television days before his rehabilitation was made public saying historical evidence “is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed” during World War II.
I don’t believe the pope didn’t know about these statements. They just didn’t think anybody would check.
UPDATE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel chimes in.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Pope Benedict XVI to make a “very clear” rejection of Holocaust denials after the Vatican’s rehabilitation of a former bishop who questioned whether 6 million Jews were gassed by the Nazis.
Merkel’s rare and public demand came amid increasing outrage among Germany’s Roman Catholic leaders over the German-born pope’s decision.
Merkel said she “does not believe” there has been adequate clarification of the Vatican’s position on the Holocaust amid the controversy over the lifting of the excommunication of British-born Richard Williamson.