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The company Bishop Richard Williamson keeps
From an article headlined Pius X society: ‘Jews, the enemy of man’
Research by a team of journalists from Belgian Based ‘Joods Actueel’, a Jewish news publication, has revealed a slew of anti-Semitic content on websites of the St. Pius X society. Pius X is the catholic society whose excommunication has recently been recanted by the Pope. Much controversy has arisen about the rehabilitation of one of its members, bishop Richard Williamson, a known holocaust denier.
The research comes to the conclusion that Pius X is an extreme conservative Catholic group that rejects the Second Vatican Council and propagates the worst kind of anti-Semitism. (examples see below)
To quote Michael Freilich, editor-in-chief Joods Actueel:
“This is in many ways worse than the outrageous statements of bishop Williamson denying the Holocaust and the existence of gas chambers. Williamson is a lone fool and not taken serious by the masses, whereas here we are talking about an entire society comprising thousands of priests spreading hatred to hundreds of thousands around the world (The Saint Pius X society is believed to have between 600.000 and 1 million followers). Another difference with Williamson is that, how undeniably awful his lies may be, they negate the past. Yet what we have uncovered here is preaching of lies and hate against Jews today thereby once again promoting hatred against the Jewish people.
Anti-Semitism in the Church is not new; it has existed for centuries. The positive steps taken after WWII, such as the Second Vatican Council, threaten to be completely undone by embracing an extremist group such as this back into the Church. What is needed now are deeds not words. The hate mongering society of St. Pius X has no place in the Church and should be excommunicated as soon as possible.”
If Pope Benedict did not know what sort of people he was inviting back into the Church, he should do by now. Unless they admit that they have done wrong, and make sincere repentance for it, they should be given no welcome.
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