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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pope says Williamson was "never Catholic in the proper sense"

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Jewish group urges pope to ban Holocaust denier | Reuters:

"In a book due out next week, Benedict says he would not have lifted the 22-year excommunication ban on Williamson if he had known of his far-right views. The pope said the Vatican's poor communications in that row was a 'total meltdown.'

'Holocaust survivors call on Pope Benedict to categorically assert moral authority and reinstate the excommunication of Bishop Williamson which was lifted last year,' Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, said in a statement.

'Williamson's grotesque comments denigrating the tragedy of the Holocaust are now compounded by his engaging a notorious right-wing extremist as his lawyer,' he said."

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"Benedict said in a new book, Light of the World, that Williamson was "never Catholic in the proper sense" because he converted from Anglicanism to the SSPX. "That means that he has never lived in the great Church" under papal authority, he said."

Wolfram Nahrath- Bishop Williamson's new lawyer

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One newspaper haa described him as the in-house lawyer of the right wing scene. Among other cases, which he has actively sought out, he defended five neo-nazis from charges of attempted murder following the beating up of a group of punks and in another case of actual murder of a Farid Gouendoul committed by a Steffen Henze plus 12 accomplices. Farid jumped out of a window to avoid his attackers, but died in the attempt to save himself.

"one of the most renowned advocates of neo-Nazi scene"

"Leading member of the Brown lawyers network" (Brown was the original colour of the Nazi party uniform)

He is so notorious four years ago the left organised a mass demo outside his office.

Both father and grandfather were leading Nazis.

The end of the road- SSPX Press Release on Bishop Williamson

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PRESSEKOMMUNIQUÉ DES GENERALHAUS | DICI

PRESS COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE GENERAL HOUSE
11-20-2010
Filed under From Rome , From Tradition , News , The Church in the world
The Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay has learned from the press that Bishop Richard Williamson has decided to dismiss his lawyer ten days before the trial to be defended by a lawyer who has open links to the neo-Nazi movement in Germany and similar groups.

Bishop Fellay has ordered Bishop Williamson explicitly to withdraw this decision and not to be exploited by political theories that have absolutely nothing to do with his duties as a Catholic bishop in the service of the Society of St. Pius X.


If he does not obey this command, he must reckon on expulsion from the Society of St. Pius X.

Menzingen on 20 November 2010
Father Christian Thouvenot
Secretary General

SSPX threaten to expel Bishop Williamson

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Rechtsextremer Anwalt: Piusbrüder drohen Bischof Williamson mit Rauswurf - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Panorama



The SSPX member convicted of race hate, Richard Williamson will be defended according to SPIEGEL information by a right-wing lawyer. The SSPX who are making efforts at reconciliation with the Vatican, thinks this is not acceptable - and threatens the controversial bishop with eviction from their order.

Hamburg - For his appeal against the conviction for race hatred before the District Court of Regensburg, the controversial SSPX member, Richard Williamson has hired a right-wing lawyers: Wolfram Nahrath was last "federal official" in the Viking Youth which was banned in 1994 and is currently a member of the NPD.



The lawyer, who once denounced the Federal Republic as a "victors democracy", completed an internship with the neo-Nazi lawyer Jürgen Rieger and sees himself as a fighter against "insults to our nation and our history." Williamson's previous defence lawyer, a Green from Coburg, Matthias Loßmann, gave up the mandate. His successor, sought last week in Regensburg for a postponement of the scheduled hearing in late November, in order to be able to read the files.

The SSPX, which is currently negotiating with the Vatican on their recognition, said "commissioning a neo-Nazi lawyer would not be acceptable". This will inevitably lead to the eviction of Williamson from the SSPX, said Secretary General Christian Thouvenot. The SSPX member was asked to withdraw his appeal before the court and to accept the penalty imposed in April of 10,000 €.