I understand that the Church wants to reunify with the Church ......... but there is a line in the sand. Period.
Despite attempts by the ultra-traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) to repair the damage to Catholic-Jewish relations caused by the "Holocaust denial" row, another member of the fraternity today defiantly denied that gas chambers were used by the Nazis to exterminate Jews.
Father Floriano Abrahamowicz, head of the society in Treviso in northeast Italy, told a local paper: "I know that gas chambers existed as a means to disinfect. But I cannot say for sure if they killed anyone, because I really haven't looked into it." His remarks were widely reported in the Italian media.
This week Israel's Chief Rabbinate broke off dialogue with the Vatican after Pope Benedict XVI lifted an excommunication on four SSPX bishops, including Richard Williamson, who has repeatedly denied that the Holocaust took place. The SSPX was created in 1970 by the renegade Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who rejected the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
At his weekly audience in Rome this week the Pope condemned the Nazi Holocaust "unequivocally", saying it must never be forgotten, and expressed his solidarity with "our Jewish brothers".