A Holocaust-denying Traditionalist bishop who was due to visit Australia this month has had his visa cancelled after The Australian Jewish News alerted the government to his views, the paper reports.
British cleric Richard Williamson has described Jews as 'enemies of Christ' and claimed there’s no evidence to support the fact that six million Jews were killed during the Shoah.
At most, he said, the number of Jewish victims was 200,000 to 300,000, none of whom were killed in gas chambers.
Williamson, who was found guilty by a German court of inciting racial hatred, was scheduled to attend a number of services in rural Victoria later this month.
But after The AJN contacted the Department of Immigration and Border Protection earlier this week, a spokesperson said that the minister, Scott Morrison, was asking for 'immediate advice on options available in relation to this matter.'
Bishop Williamson, was one of four men illicitly ordained in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in Écône, Switzerland. Each was automatically excommunicated. Williamson's Holocaust denying comments came to light in 2009, when the excommunications were lifted, causing the Vatican embarrassment.
Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Traditionalist Catholic Society of Saint Pius X, subsequently banned Bishop Williamson from speaking in public, and he was expelled from the Society in 2012.
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