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(To the tune of “What are we going to do about Maria?”): What are we going to do about Williamson?
He is notorious as a Holocaust-denying anti-Semite, who also disapproves of The Sound of Music and women who wear trousers. Whereas the two latter are unlikely to lead to a genocide of trouser-clad women, or singing nuns and children wearing old curtains, the former is dangerous. The embers of anti-Jewish prejudice have never been extinguished and could easily be fanned into life again.
‘Bishop’ Richard Williamson, or Mr Williamson as the Telegraph calls him is no longer excommunicated. Dismay at the idea of welcoming an openly anti-Semitic prelate back into the Church has been expressed by Catholics as well as Jews.
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales hasten to distance themselves from his views, taking the opportunity to condemn anti-Semitism while they are at it.
Even Williamson’s boss in the Fraternity of St Pius X has decided it expedient to distance himself, too, although if he has previously failed to condemn his subordinate’s claims, this might appear less than sincere.
Words are all very well, but actions will tell us more. What will happen to Williamson if he returns to the Church? Will he be allowed to continue as a bishop?
The Telegraph has already laicised him. Perhaps the Pope should do likewise.
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