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Bishop Williamson will not attend German trial for Holocaust denial

Catholic World News - April 14, 2010

The traditionalist bishop whose skepticism about the Holocaust prompted an international furor last year will not be present in a German court to answer criminal charges on Friday, his lawyer has announced. Bishop Richard Williamson could face a fine of up to €12,000 ($16,500) for engaging in Holocaust denial. His attorney, Matthias Lossman, said that he would provide the court with an explanation for Bishop Williamson's absence.

Bishop Williamson is a member of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). His comments on the Holocaust, made public just after Pope Benedict lifted the excommunication of Bishop Williamson and three other SSPX prelates, caused a storm of protest against the Vatican.

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  • Posted by: Anselm - Apr. 14, 2010 9:43 PM ET USA

    Minnesota Mary, I pray that you misread the article. Denying the holocaust has nothing to do with political correctness since the holocaust is a historical fact. It is a crime in Europe and other countries to deny that the holocaust happened. In the U.S. it falls in some states as a hate crime. Since April is Holocaust Remembrance month, I hope you do something to learn more about what actually happened. BTW, the trial is in Germany, they have a different view of freedom of speech.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Apr. 14, 2010 4:06 PM ET USA

    This is horrifying! So anyone who doesn't subscribe to the politically correct view of the holocaust can be tried and fined in some court in Germany? Evidently freedom of thought will not be tolerated in the New World Order. We must all be compliant little mush heads.

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