The Pope issued this statement today:
“any denial or minimization of this terrible crime is intolerable,”
The Pope is, of course, speaking of the Holocaust.
The Pope is also planning to visit Israel soon, possibly in May. This is an important step forward in the recent relationship between the Vatican and Jews worldwide in the wake of comments made by Bishop Williamson, a member of the ultra-traditionalist Society of St Pius X (SSPX). Williamson told Swedish television in an interview broadcast on January 21: “I believe there were no gas chambers.” He also said that no more than 300,000 Jews died during the Holocaust.
He has still not recanted, saying he needs more time to review the evidence, but nevertheless, the Church has taken a step in the right direction by letting everyone know that they will not accept anyone in their ranks denying or minimizing the Holocaust.
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