Wednesday, January 28, 2009

1986 - era priestly volunteer roofing nail - driver at the old Cumberland Presbyterian Church now strives to extinguish PR firestorm...

Bishop Bernard Fellay asks for forgiveness from Pope Benedict XVI!!

Adapted from this original source:

"Catholic society orders Holocaust denier bishop to be silent"

"Vatican tries to repair breach with Jews after pope's rehabilitation of conservative clerics"

An Associated Press item in the San Antonio EXPRESS - NEWS, Wednesday, January 28, 2009, page 9A

"VATICAN CITY -- An ultra - conservative society recently rehabilitated by Pope Benedict XVI silenced one of its bishops Tuesday and distanced itself from his claim that no Jews were gassed during World War II.

"Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, also asked for forgiveness from the pope for the dramatic consequences of Bishop Richard Williamson's comments.

"The Vatican press office issued Fellay's statement as part of its efforts to quell an outcry among Jews that Benedict had removed Williamson's 20 - year - old excommunication, despite his views on the Holocaust.

"Fellay said he has forbidden Williamson from speaking publicly about any historical or political questions and that his views don't reflect in any way the position of the society.

"Fellay himself referred to the genocide of Jews by Nazis.

"Benedict rehabilitated Williamson, Fellay and two other members of the society last week as part of his efforts to bring traditionalist society, which opposes many of the liberalizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council, back into the Vatican's fold..."

Good read! You bet!! :)


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