GM Posted January 28, 2009 Share Posted January 28, 2009 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/27/pope-benedict-priest-holocaust-denier Pope's decision on Holocaust priest criticised * Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent * The Guardian, Tuesday 27 January 2009 The Holocaust Centre yesterday condemned the Pope's "indefensible" decision to revoke the excommunication of a Catholic priest who claimed that no Jews died in gas chambers during the second world war. Stephen Smith, director of the Holocaust Centre, said welcoming Richard Williamson back into the Catholic church was an insult and undermined the Vatican's pledge to tackle antisemitism. Smith, who established the centre in Nottinghamshire as a memorial and education centre and played a key part in developing the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day, said: "Whatever the politics of the Catholic church, the readmission of Williamson, who is a self-proclaimed Holocaust denier and actively endorses the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, is indefensible ... and sends out entirely the wrong message about the Vatican's commitment to tackling antisemitism." He is one of many to have criticised the Pope's desire to seek reconciliation with a traditionalist Catholic order - the Society of Saint Pius X - one of whose members is a Holocaust denier. Williamson, a British-born cleric now living in the US, claimed in a television interview that historical evidence "is hugely against six million having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler ... I believe there were no gas chambers." Well, pardon my ignorance, I only studied this at school, but I'm fairly sure the holocaust did actually happen. The TV pictures seemed to suggest it anyway. But I mean, maybe the Catholic church is right about this, in the same way it's right about there being no child abuse in their hallowed institution, no inherent entrenched sexism or chauvinism in their moral code and belief system. How can anyone be sure there were no gas chambers? What planet are they on - or can someone show me this "historical evidence"? Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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