Dutch bishops distance themselves from Williamson

27th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Dutch bishops have distanced themselves from comments made by British Bishop Richard Williamson on the persecution of the Jews.

AMSTERDAM—Last week, the British bishop denied the existence of the gas chambers in German concentration camps during the Second World War. He also said only 300,000 Jews died in the camps, not 6 million.

The Dutch bishops call the remarks "disrespectful and idiotic". Catholic leaders in Germany have also distanced themselves from Williamson's opinions.

The bishop was reinstated into the Catholic Church with three other bishops by Pope Benedict the Sixteenth last weekend. The four bishops are supporters of the ultraconservative French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who died in 1991.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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