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Updated: It isn’t true again today [addendum]

Swedish television coverage of what the pope knew and when he knew it is now scheduled to air tonight and the Catholic News Agency to reports:

The director of the Holy See’s press office, Father Federico Lombardi, denied again today that Pope Benedict knew Bishop Richard Williamson held Holocaust diminishing beliefs before the Pontiff lifted the excommunication of the Pius X Society bishop. Such charges only “lead to creating confusion for no reason,” he said.

Whew!

Addendum: Surprise! Sensationalistic Italian press joins the fray

Fr. Z writes:

Apparently La Repubblica (Il vescovo svedese rivela “Il Papa sapeva di Williamson“.) and La Stampa («Williamson, Il Papa sapeva») now have headlines saying that – because of all this – the Pope knew about Williamson before he lifted the excommunications.

It seems to me that this stems from dislike of the SSPX and dread that somehow they may be reintegrated in the Church. Furthermore, those of the “the enemy of my enemy” school are taking advantage of this to undermine respect for the Church in the public square.

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September 24, 2009 - Posted by | Catholic, Pope Benedict XVI | , ,

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