Holocaust-denying bishop ousted from seminary


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The reinstated bishop who has denied the Holocaust was removed as head of a seminary in Argentina, according to reports.

Richard Williamson was dismissed as head of the La Reja seminary near Buenos Aires, Argentina newspapers reported Monday, according to The New York Times.

In a statement announcing Williamson’s dismissal, Father Christian Bouchacourt, the head of the Latin American chapter of the Catholic Society St. Pius X, said "Monsignor Williamson’s statements do not in any way reflect the position of our congregation."

The dismissal came on the heels of a conversation Sunday between Pope Benedict XVI and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been publicly critical of the pope’s actions.

The Vatican has called on the bishop to recant his questioning whether the Nazis used gas chambers and how many Jews actually died during the period.

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