Bishop Apologizes for Denying Holocaust


bishopBishop Richard Williamson has apologized for denying the deaths of millions of Jews in the Holocaust, according to Catholic news agencies. Williamson’s remarks of denial were published worldwide and were largely responsible for his recent expulsion from Argentina. “Observing these consequences I can truthfully say that I regret having made such remarks,” Williamson said this week. “If I had known beforehand the full harm and hurt to which they would give rise, especially to the church, but also to survivors and relatives of victims of injustice under the Third Reich, I would not have made them,” he told the Catholic Zenit news agency.

The pope lifted an excommunication decree on Williamson and three other bishops last month in an attempt to heal internal conflicts in the Catholic church. Williamson’s reinstatement quickly raised anger, particularly among Jewish groups, as his Holocaust denial became public knowledge.

Williamson appeared on Swedish TV and denied that the Nazis had used gas chambers to kill their victims. He also claimed that only 300,000 Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Historians believe that roughly six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

Williamson is currently in his home country of Britain, where he returned after being forced to leave Argentina.

{Arutz-7/Yair Israel}