Boston Cardinal Defends Pope's Action on Bishop

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley is defending Pope
Benedict's decision to lift the excommunication of four bishops --
including Bishop Richard Williamson, who has denied 6 million Jews
were murdered during the Holocaust.

O'Malley said the Pope wants to heal a rift in the church created when the four were ordained in 1988 without papal approval.

As many as one and a half million people follow the four bishops.

But O'Malley, writing on his blog, called Williamson's comments about the Holocaust "outrageous" and apologized for the pain they caused in the Jewish community.

Williamson, writing on his blog, expressed regret for causing the Pope problems, but did not apologize for his remarks.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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