Vatican: Bishop's apology for Holocaust denial not enough

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February 27, 2009 15:42

The Vatican says the apology issued by a bishop who denied the Holocaust is not enough to admit him into the church as a clergyman. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Friday that Bishop Richard Williamson's statement "does not seem to respect the conditions" the Vatican set out for him. Williamson apologized for his remarks Thursday. But he did not say his comments had been erroneous, or that he no longer believed them. He had denied 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and maintained that no Jew was gassed. The Vatican on Feb. 4 said Williamson must "absolutely and unequivocally distance himself" from his remarks if he wants to be admitted as a prelate in the church.


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