Argentina expels holocaust bishop

The First Post, UK/February 20, 2009

A British bishop who has questioned the Holocaust has been ordered to leave Argentina or face expulsion. The move comes after global controversy over his views and the Vatican's attitudes towards them.

The Argentinian interior ministry said Richard Williamson, a conservative Catholic who headed a seminary near Buenos Aires, had 10 days to leave. It said his statements on the Holocaust "profoundly insult Argentine society, the Jewish community and all of humanity by denying an historic truth".

The unexpected decision cited the bishop's Holocaust denial as well as his alleged failure to reveal "his true activity" in Argentina and had "concealed the true motive for his stay in the country" . He had apparently registered as an employee of a non-governmental group.

An international furore erupted last month after Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunication of Bishop Williamson, along with three other bishops of the ultra-conservative sect, the Society of Pope Pius X.

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