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Pope to Holocaust Denying Bishop: Recant

By Heidi Beirich on February 5, 2009 - 12:10 pm, Posted in Holocaust Denial, Radical Traditionalist Catholic

On Wednesday, the Vatican made a dramatic move to tamp down growing worldwide furor over its late January decision to revoke the excommunication of Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) Bishop Richard Williamson, who has a 20 year track record of vocal Holocaust denial.

What the Vatican has not yet addressed is SSPX’s clear record of anti-Semitism. The SSPX as a whole, which has chapels and schools across the United States and in several other countries, is a font of anti-Semitic propaganda. It is in The Angelus, published monthly by the SSPX, and on SSPX’s website, that the radical anti-Semitism of the order is most evident. One example now on the website is an Angelus article by two SSPX priests that calls for locking Jews into ghettoes because “Jews are known to kill Christians.” Further examples of the group’s anti-Semitism can be found here

The statement demanding Williamson recant was issued by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the pope to clearly reject Holocaust denial. Condemnation of the Pope’s decision has been widespread. Top German church officials, Jewish groups and the head of the U.S. bishops conference also denounced Williamson. On Tuesday, the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said he considered the matter “closed” after Benedict issued a lengthy denunciation of Holocaust deniers. By Wednesday, it was clear that the matter was far from closed and the Vatican had to return to the issue and call on Williamson to recant.

Williamson heads SSPX’s La Reja, Argentina seminary and has held several high level posts in the organization. At one point, SSPX materials were banned from Canada after Williamson defended Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel during a presentation to a Montreal audience. Williamson, who was then rector of SSPX’s main North American seminary in Winona, Minn., told his audience: “There was not one Jew killed in the gas chambers. It was all lies, lies, lies.” (More videos of Williamson expressing his extremist views can be found at the Huffington Post here.) 

Just a few days before the Pope revoked his excommunication, Williamson appeared on Swedish television claiming that the Nazis did not use gas chambers to murder people. “I believe that the historical evidence is strongly against — is hugely against — 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler,” he said in the interview. “I believe there were no gas chambers,” he added.

On Jan. 27, the American branch of SSPX for the first time ever publicly denounced Williamson’s Holocaust denial. “Bishop Williamson’s statements do not in any way reflect the position of our Society,” read SSPX Superior General Bernard Fellay’s letter. “This is why I have forbidden him, until further notice, to make any public statements on political or historical issues.”


  • Carter

    The BBC has done quite a few write-ups on this man. I am quoting from one of their most resent pieces:

    “But if the Pope hoped to prevent a split in the Church from widening, without damaging the Vatican’s fragile relations with Jews, he seems not to have reckoned with Bishop Williamson’s incendiary views on the Holocaust.

    Bishop Williamson, who was born in Britain, gave an interview to a Swedish television programme last November in which he disputed that six million Jews had died at the hands of the Nazis, and claimed that none had died in gas chambers.

    He said: “I believe there were no gas chambers,” and insisted that up to “300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps but none of them by gas chambers”.
    These are not the only eccentric views held by Richard Williamson, whose “illicit” ordination as bishop by the French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988 led Pope John Paul II to excommunicate him from the Roman Catholic Church. Bishop Williamson has claimed that the United States planned the attacks of 9/11, and has accused Freemasons of conspiring against the Church.

    [This sounds pretty familiar!]

    He also has controversial attitudes towards women. He is quoted as saying: “A woman can do a good imitation of handling ideas, but then she will not be thinking properly as a woman. Did this lawyeress check her hairdo before coming into court? If she did, she is a distracted lawyer. If she did not, she is one distorted woman.”

    [What in Heaven’s name is a Lawyeress? Is it something like a Lioness?]

    Richard Williamson was born an Anglican, the son of a vicar, in 1940. He went to Winchester College and read literature at Cambridge University, before teaching in Africa and converting to Catholicism in 1971.

    He became a member of the Society of St Pius X, which had been founded by Archbishop Lefebvre in 1970 to counter the reforms in the Church made by the Second Vatican Council during the previous decade.

    Richard Williamson was a novice at the London Oratory, studied at Lefebvre’s seminary and was ordained a priest in 1976. Archbishop Lefebvre announced in 1988 that he intended to ordain Fr Williamson, and three other priests, as bishops, and did so despite warnings that he would be excommunicated.

    [So this fellow can’t take any direction; that’s obvious.]

    The Vatican has said it was unaware of Bishop Williamson’s views about the Holocaust when it decided to cancel his excommunication. But, given that they have not been exactly secret, the explanation seems unlikely to pacify Jewish critics of the decision.

    As recently as March last year, Bishop Williamson described as “authentic” the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” which purports to reveal Jewish plots to achieve world domination. The document is considered to be a forgery, which originated in Tsarist Russia.”

    [ OK….The guy is an obviously stupid jackass that just got kicked out of ARGENTINA ( 2-24-09)! If this Spiritual-wonder can’t cut it in over-seas, he’s pretty hopeless. ]

  • Jonathan


    I don’t see where the trouble is. Are you saying he should have supported National Socialism?

    “In Cardinal Ratzinger’s Article ‘Freedom and Truth’ there is criticism of National socialism, which was according to Josef Ratzinger apart from Marxism ‘the greatest slave-system of modern history’.”

  • Entdinglichung
  • daemonesslisa

    These holocaust-denier types are just asking for it.

    Lets not for one second deny their tendencies: they hate Jews, plain and simple. They want ’em gone, because they own everything, etc.

    They felt what Hitler did was right, and they’re proud of it (e.g., “The Hitler We Loved And Why” by Zundel).

    But then in the next sentence, they say “what are you talking about, it never happened, just a couple hundred” etc.

    THIS is why they should be shunned and ridiculed at every single opportunity. These ‘revisionists’ are the lunatic fringe, useless scum. That’s the long-and-short of it.

  • Blue Fielder

    And it didn’t take long before the spineless evolutionary throwbacks of the WN world sent one of their own to continue the lie.

    Evidence for the Holocaust’s existence: First-hand accounts, pictures, letters, survivors, oppressors, etc.

    Evidence against: “It just didn’t happen, and any evidence it did is wrong and evil and TEH JOOZ KUNSPEERUHCEE!!1″

    Advantage: reality.

  • Jonathan


    My grandfather liberated Belsen. It was a sad scene, but no gas chambers.

  • coffee

    you know something is serious when they bring out the special ecclesiastical terms, i.e. “recant!”

  • Carter

    If you really want to know the truth find someone who liberated the camps & ask him about it.

  • Michael Philip

    I think serious investigation into the facts about the holocaust are well over due. Even a google search will show there is so little hard evidence to justify the staggering claims.
    Why should a doubter be excommunicated, fined, expelled or imprisoned? I do believe it is important to get to the truth and yet there are many that prefer myths to stand.
    I truly don’t know and would like to know the truth.


    The Roman Catholic Church has much penance to do
    with respect to the Holocaust…..especially for it’s active role in sheltering and smuggling Nazi war criminals out of Europe after World War II…..For example, the case of Bishop Alois Hudal, Father Krunoslav Dragonovich and Monsignor Karl Bayer who used the Vatican Secretariat of State’s influence with the International Red Cross to smuggle out such butchers as Dr. Josef Mengele, Gustav Wagner (commander of Sobibor death camp), Franz Stangl (commander of Treblinka death camp)….and the most notorious one of all….Adolf Eichmann (Hitler’s hand-picked commander of the Final Solution)!

    Is there any wonder that His Holiness Benedict XVI…..a former member of the Hitlerjugen would lift the excommunication against Bishop Williamson?
    Imagine my surprize!!