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‘Calumny’ the cardinal says

The anticipated Swedish television broadcast aired discussing who knew what, when, about SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson’s Holocaust denial.

Catholic Culture reports:

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos has heatedly denied a report that he had been informed about the extreme views of Bishop Richard Williamson prior to the January 2009 announcement that the Pope was lifting the excommunications of Williamson and other bishops of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).

In a Swedish television broadcast earlier this week, Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm disclosed that he was aware of Bishop Williamson’s statements questioning the severity of the Holocaust, and had alerted Vatican officials to those statements. But Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos — who, as president of the Ecclesia Dei commission at that time, was primarily responsible for Vatican talks with the SSPX, told the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung that it was “calumny” to say that he had been informed of Williamson’s views.

Francesco Colafemmina writes that Cardinal Castrillon said that prior to the lifting of SSPX Bishop’s excommunication “none of us knew nothing about Bishop Williamson’s statements. None of us! And no one had the duty to know it!”

Thus ends the finger-pointing, for a while.

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September 26, 2009 - Posted by | Catholic, Pope Benedict XVI | , ,

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