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SSPX threatens to expel Bishop Williamson

November 22, 2010

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, has publicly ordered Bishop Richard Williamson to reconsider his decision to retain an attorney associated with the neo-Nazi movement. Bishop Williamson is appealing his 2009 German conviction for Holocaust denial.

Bishop Fellay warned Bishop Williamson that he faced “exclusion” from the society if he disobeyed.

In January 2009, Pope Benedict lifted the excommunications incurred by Bishop Fellay, Bishop Williamson, and two other bishops of the Society of St. Pius X for receiving episcopal ordination without Vatican approval. Vatican officials are engaged in doctrinal talks with the Society in the hopes of restoring it to full communion with the Holy See.


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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Dec. 21, 2010 4:54 PM ET USA

    JARay, pride and lack of charity is behind the entire SSPX schism, as it is with any schism. Bishop Williamson is just displaying it to the nth degree. Please pray as I do that these fellow Catholics who are in schism that they all repent and submit to the Church's teaching authority in her entirety.

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Nov. 22, 2010 7:26 PM ET USA

    This is good news.

  • Posted by: JARay - Nov. 22, 2010 4:25 PM ET USA

    I really do not understand Bishop Williamson. I cannot see what he hopes to gain by continuing with his public denial of the holocaust. Surely he can understand that there are times when it is best to say nothing. Is it pride which is driving him?