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February 7, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Papal reinstatement of Holocaust denier

Doddering and foolish

As a lifelong practicing Roman Catholic, I am at a loss to understand — much less explain to non-Catholics — Pope Benedict’s decision to reinstate England’s Bishop Richard Williamson, a notorious Holocaust denier [“Vatican orders bishop to retract Holocaust denial,” News, Feb. 5].

Williamson has more recently claimed 9/11 was instigated by the U.S. government as an excuse to invade Afghanistan.

In one fell swoop, the pope has sadly managed to offend the worldwide Jewish community, as well as the entire United States. In light of the Catholic Church’s recent acknowledgment of its horrible treatment of Jews over the past two millennia and the fact that U.S. Catholics are the biggest financial supporters of the Vatican, he appears doddering and foolish in the extreme, to put it kindly.

As a layman, I am considerably removed from the pope and his inner circle, but I do feel compelled to apologize for him to Jews, as well as non-Catholics, home and abroad.

— Raymond Egan, Steilacoom

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