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Vatican Orders Bishop to Recant Holocaust Denial

After encountering international criticism, the Vatican has demanded that a bishop whose excommunication was lifted last month by Pope Benedict XVI recant his denial of the Holocaust. A National Catholic reporter gives an update.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Finally tonight, the Vatican's demand that a bishop recant his statements about the Holocaust. The action yesterday followed Pope Benedict's reinstatement last month of the ex-communicated Bishop Richard Williamson. The pope's decision triggered much criticism among Catholics, as well as Jewish groups and others.

    Williamson has repeatedly denied the existence of Nazi gas chambers. And here is what he said to a Swedish television interviewer two weeks ago.

  • BISHOP RICHARD WILLIAMSON:

    I believe that the historical evidence, the historical evidence is strongly against — is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler.

  • JOURNALIST:

    But you say not one Jew was killed?

  • BISHOP RICHARD WILLIAMSON:

    In gas chambers.

  • JOURNALIST:

    So there was no gas chambers?

  • BISHOP RICHARD WILLIAMSON:

    I believe there were no gas chambers.

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