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    Pope Heals Schism

    What would Jesus do? French bishop Marcel Lefebvre and four other bishops led a schism from the Catholic Church over a number of church reforms of the 1960s, including the abandoning of mass in Latin. In 1988, Pope Jean Paul II excommunicated Lefebvre and the rebel bishops. Now, The Telegraph reports that Pope Benedict apparently wants to heal the rift and has already signed a decree lifting the excommunications. Reinstating British bishop Richard Williamson, 68, will be politically risky, and may hurt the Catholic Church’s effort at repairing relations with the Jews. During an interview on Swedish television this week Williamson said that he did not believe that any Jews died in gas chambers during the Holocaust, although he did believe that 200,000-300,000 Jews perished.