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President of U.S. Bishops Says Holocaust Denial 'Deeply Offensive and Utterly False'
By: PR Newswire
Feb. 3, 2009 01:43 PM
The assessment came in a
The Holocaust denial by Bishop Williamson was widely publicized after Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunication upon the bishops of the St. Pius X Society.
Cardinal George's statement follows.
Statement of Cardinal
Pope Benedict XVI has lifted the personal penalty of excommunication incurred by four schismatic bishops belonging to the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X, founded by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. This gesture on the part of the Holy Father was an act of mercy and personal concern for the ordained and lay members of this Society and was meant to coincide with the fiftieth commemoration of the convening of the Second Vatican Council.
The Holy Father's lifting of the excommunications is but a first step toward receiving these four bishops, and the priests who serve under them, back into full communion with the Catholic Church. If these bishops are to exercise their ministry as true teachers and pastors of the Catholic Church, they, like all Catholic bishops, will have to give their assent to all that the Church professes, including the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.
As is now widely known, one of the four bishops,
I make my own the words of the Holy Father spoken at the General Audience on
SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
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