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Report: Bishop Williamson to consecrate new bishop

March 17, 2015

Bishop Richard Williamson, who was ordained a bishop by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebfvre in 1988 without permission of the Holy See, will consecrate one or two priests as bishops in Brazil, according to the Rorate Caeli blog.

Bishop Williamson, along with Archbishop Lefebvre and the three other priests ordained by him, was automatically excommunicated in 1988. Pope Benedict lifted the excommunications in 2009 in the hope of negotiating a restoration of full communion between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X, which was founded by Lefebvre.

Bishop Williamson, who has been convicted by a German court for questioning the extent of the Holocaust, was ousted from the Society in 2012.


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  • Posted by: john1948 - Mar. 17, 2015 10:42 PM ET USA

    Williamson has had plenty of time to repent. The excommunication should be reinstated.

  • Posted by: Paul - Ave Law '07 - Mar. 17, 2015 10:26 AM ET USA

    Readers would like to hear from CWN's sources in Rome: Has Cd. Ouellet sent Bp. Williamson a formal canonical warning regarding the illicit consecration of (a) bishop(s)?