Southern Religion

It isn’t true, the Vatican said

Attempting to refute allegations Sveriges Television AB is scheduled to air tonight, chief Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said, “Affirming or even insinuating that the Pope was informed beforehand of [Holocaust-denying views of SSPX Bishop Richard] Williamson’s position is absolutely groundless.”

An international furor ensued in March after Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunications Williamson and of three other Lefebvrite bishops. It drove Vatican-Jewish relations almost to the breaking point and the broadcast threatens to unsettle matters again.

The broadcast has been called “an attack on the Holy Father.” It covers what the Vatican knew about Williamson prior to the move toward rapprochement with Society of St. Pius X.

Matthew Hay Brown of the Baltimore Sun’s In Good Faith Blog reports:

The SVT program does not say that Pope Benedict XVI knew of Williamson’s beliefs.

If so, this little fire may quickly burn out.


September 23, 2009 - Posted by | Catholic, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion

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