To the editor:
Bishop Clark, in his May “Along the Way” column was imprecise when he referenced the controversy surrounding the recent “reinstatement of a bishop with intolerable and unacceptable views on the Holocaust.”
While it is true that the Vatican lifted the excommunication of four Society of St. Pius X bishops, it is not true that they were “reinstated” to their bishopric duties. The lifting of the excommunication allows them all to avail themselves to the Sacraments of the one, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church — nothing more.
It is also important to note that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, has made it clear that Bishop Williamson — the cleric to whom Bishop Clark refers — must recant his Holocaust-denying views before any further discussion will take place regarding his future role in the Church.
I think it’s important to be very clear about what did or did not take place regarding this process and to bear in mind that Pope Benedict is trying to reclaim the lost sheep of the “traditionalist movement.” The lifting of the excommunication is only the first step on a long journey towards reconciliation.