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Cardinals Blast Pope on Holocaust Denier

Decision to re-instate bishop a 'disaster' says Germany's top cardinal
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2009 5:19 AM CST
Cardinals Blast Pope on Holocaust Denier
Pope Benedict XVI's decision to lift the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson has been widely criticized both inside and outside the Catholic church.   (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO)

(Newser) – Pope Benedict XIV's reinstatement of a Holocaust-denying bishop has received some unusually harsh criticism from within the church, the Guardian reports. Germany's top-ranking cardinal has labeled the decision "a disaster" and called for the Pope to apologize. Cardinal Walter Kasper, who oversees the Vatican's relations with Judaism, says the decision was badly handled and blames poor management in the church hierarchy.

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"There wasn't enough talking with each other in the Vatican and there are no longer checks to see where problems could arise," Kasper, who is also German, told Vatican Radio. "I'm watching this debate with great concern." (Read more Richard Williamson stories.)

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