"Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday, in the middle of the Jewish Sabbath, lifted the excommunications on four bishops of the traditionalist Society of St Pius X, including the English Old Wykehamist Bishop Richard Williamson. In an interview broadcast on Swedish television last week, Bishop Williamson said: "There were no gas chambers." He also stated that he did not believe six million had died, and the number was between 200,000 and 300,000. In the past, he has endorsed the anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. "(Source: Times Online, UK, 26 January 2009)
"The four bishops were excommunicated 20 years ago after they were consecrated by the late ultraconservative Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre without papal consent _ a move the Vatican said at the time was an act of schism." (Source: The Huffington Post, 26 Jan 09)
What a great scenario for a WebQuest!
Bishop Richard Williamson, Holocaust Denier,
Reinstated by Pope
1. The Pope has reinstated these 4 Bishops as the world, this week, celebrates the Holocaust Memorial Day! Is there more than a sensitivity issue here?
2. Are these "Bishops" bishops?
3. Should the church promote the ultraconservative view of the Mass (these bishops conduct the Mass in Latin)?
4. What about Holocaust deniers - what do they based their ideas on?
Roles: the German Pope (who was in Nazi youth), 4 excommunicated and now re-instated Bishops (are they bishops??? - where are their dioceses?); Jewish Leaders; Holocaust survivors!
To read another viewpoint, click here - ABC's Unleashed.