No dice: Saying the bishop did not go far enough, the Vatican won’t buy Williamson’s mea culpa.
The powers that be at the Vatican (at least the earthly variety) are even more upset with Bishop Richard Williamson now that he has apologized. After drawing outrage last month when he claimed that no Jews died in gas chambers during the Holocaust, he made an apology this week. The papacy found it inadequate, to say the least.
AFP via Google News:
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said a letter of apology from Williamson “doesn’t seem to have respected the conditions” set by the Vatican on February 4, under which the bishop was to “distance himself absolutely and publicly” from his positions concerning the Holocaust.
In a letter to the Vatican released Thursday, Williamson apologised to those he offended with his remarks but stopped short of withdrawing them.
Outraged religious groups said Williamson had not retracted claims that no Jews perished in the gas chambers.
Leading German religious groups, including the influential Catholic Church, sharply rejected the apology and a prominent Jewish organisation accused him of continuing to hold his controversial views.