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German appeals court affirms conviction of breakaway bishop for Holocaust denial

April 11, 2014

A German court has denied Bishop Richard Williamson’s appeal of his conviction for denying the Holocaust.

The traditionalist bishop was convicted in 2010 for statements he made in a Swedish television interview, violating a German law that bans Holocaust-denial. That conviction was overturned on procedural grounds, but Bishop Williamson was again convicted, and fined €1,800 ($2,400), last year. An appeals court has now upheld that conviction.

Bishop Williamson’s original statements questioning the Holocaust, made in 2008, caused a furor because they were broadcast at the time when Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunication on four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), including Bishop Williamson. He has subsequently been dismissed from the SSPX because of his persistent refusal to obey orders from his superiors.


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