ADL slams archbishop who said more Catholics than Jews died in Holocaust

April 1, 2009 12:42

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has condemned the words of a Brazilian Catholic Archbishop who suggested in a magazine interview that "more Catholics than Jews have died in the Holocaust, but this is usually not told because Jews own the world's propaganda." In a statement released Wednesday, the ADL said the remarks by Archbishop Dadeus Grings of Porto Alegre, Brazil, highlight the continuing fallout from the case of Bishop Richard Williamson, who declared that no Jews were killed in the gas chambers during the Holocaust. "We warned last month that every day that goes by in which Bishop Williamson fails to publicly recant his Holocaust denial only gives license to others to engage in Holocaust denial," stated ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman. "Now we see another Catholic cleric distorting the Holocaust." "The church must take strong and public action against these Holocaust deniers who represent the Catholic Church to the world," continued the statement. "It is especially important that Pope Benedict make it clear that there will be consequences for those clergy who engage in Holocaust denial."

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