Tuesday, January 27, 2009


VATICAN CITY - The Vatican said yesterday that comments by a recently rehabilitated bishop that no Jews were gassed during the Holocaust were "unacceptable" and violate church teaching.

The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reaffirmed in a front-page article that Pope Benedict XVI deplored all forms of anti-Semitism and that all Roman Catholics must do the same.

The article was issued amid an outcry from Jewish groups that Benedict last week lifted the excommunication of a traditionalist bishop, Richard Williamson, who has denied that six million Jews were murdered during World War II.

The Vatican has stressed that removing the excommunication by no means implied it shared his views.,

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