Thursday, January 29, 2009
CHIEF RABBINATE OF JERUSALEM RESPONDS TO WILLIAMSON REINSTATEMENT
The Chief Rabbinate of Israel says it has suspended ties with the Vatican following the pope's decision to lift the excommunication of a Holocaust denier.
Chief Rabbinate Director-General Oded Weiner wrote in a letter to Vatican officials that because of Pope Benedict's decision to reinstate Britain's Bishop Richard Williamson "without a public apology and recanting, it will be difficult to continue the dialogue," The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.
Weiner addressed the letter to Cardinal Walter Casper, chairman of the Holy See's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, saying he had canceled a meeting scheduled for March in Rome, the newspaper reported.