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12 February 2009

Holocaust-denier removed from seminary

THE Rt Revd Richard Williamson, the British Roman Catholic Bishop who belongs to the traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X, and who recently denied the existence of gas chambers in Nazi death camps (News, 6 February), has been relieved of his position as director of a seminary in La Reja in Argentina. Bishop’s Williamson’s comments came to light after Pope Benedict XVI had lifted his excommunication for his Lefebvrist allegiance. The Vatican has since said that the Pope was unaware of the Bishop’s views, and has ordered him to recant. Comment

Marriage course blesses rings

THE RC diocese of Westminster this week launched Engage, a new marriage-preparation course. Couples who have attended the six-week course are invited to have their engagements blessed during a eucharist, during which their rings are placed on the altar. The course is based on an Australian model. www.vimeo.com/3054230


Priest to be deposed after prison sentence

A DISCIPLINARY tribunal of the Church in Wales has ordered that Richard Hart, the former Vicar of Beguildy in the diocese of Swansea & Brecon, be deposed from holy orders, after he was found guilty of possessing more than 56,000 indecent photographs of children, and sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment by a Crown Court in September (News, 3 October). Gerard Elias QC, president of the tribunal, said that it was “wholly inappropriate” for Mr Hart to remain a cleric in light of “the immense seriousness and depravity of the offences”.

Corrections: Deirdre Martin received the Cross of St Augustine, and not Deirdre Marshall as stated in the photo caption (News, 30 January). Liz Palin chairs Archway, the Retreat House Wardens’ Association, not Liz Jepson (News, 30 January). We apologise for these errors.

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