Controversy

Pope Ignites Holocaust Fight

Pope Benedict XVI has been soaking up the publicity lately—starting his own YouTube channel, calling Obama “arrogant”—but now he’s got a fight on his hands. He’s lifted the excommunication of four bishops appointed nearly 20 years ago by breakaway Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. One of those appointees, Richard Williamson of Britain, denied the existence of the Nazi gas chambers. Israel reacted swiftly to the news, saying Benedict’s decision would “cast a shadow on relations with Jews.” Williamson recently told Swedish TV that not 6 million, but “two to three hundred thousand Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps but none of them by gas chambers.”