Pope Names Bishop Who Lauded 'Punishing' Katrina
Hurricane destroyed nightclubs, abortion clinic, notes pleased Austrian
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 2, 2009 5:32 AM CST
The latest appointment comes after the pope welcomed back to the church an excommunicated bishop who denies the Holocaust existed.   (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)
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(Newser) – Days after welcoming back to the church a bishop who denies the Holocaust existed, Pope Benedict has sparked controversy again for promoting a controversial Austrian ultra-conservative cleric. Gerhard Maria Wagner claims the Harry Potter series spreads satanism and that Hurricane Katrina was punishment for New Orleans' lax morals.

"It is surely not an accident that all five of New Orleans' abortion clinics, as well as nightclubs were destroyed," said Wagner, who has been made a bishop. "It's not just any old city, but the people's dream city with the best brothels and the most beautiful whores."