Some Thoughts of Bishop Richard Williamson

As has been widely reported, the Pope has made peace with bishops of the schismatic Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) [UPDATE: although not quite with the SSPX as such, see comment below], and they have now been re-admitted to the Catholic Church after accepting Papal authority. However, there is much dismay over the fact that one of these Bishops, the British Richard Williamson, also has virulent anti-Jewish and Holocaust-denying views.

Williamson’s various “letters” between 1991 and 2003 can be perused at this website, in which he discourses on a range of subjects but keeps coming back to one or two themes.  Here’s a taster – take a deep breath:

The [1991] Gulf War and the state of the Catholic Church today – “until they re-discover their true Messianic vocation, [Jews] may be expected to continue fanatically agitating, in accordance with their false messianic vocation of Jewish world-dominion, to prepare the Anti-Christ’s throne in Jerusalem. So we may fear their continuing to play their major part in the agitation of the East and in the corruption of the West.”

Women’s trousers are an assault upon woman’s womanhood – “You wish to stop abortion? Do it by example. Never wear trousers or shorts.”

 The problem with The Sound of Music – “putting friendliness and fun in the place of authority and rules, it invites disorder between parents and children.” Plus the film features villainous Nazis.

Girls at university – “Since modem [sic] man does not want her to do what God meant her to do, namely to have children, she takes her revenge by invading all kinds of things that man is meant to do.”

World Trade Center – The Scourge of Sin – “Politically, behind the Arab terrorists are most likely the would-be architects of the New World Order, who have long been using the United States as an instrument to achieve their control of the world. Long ago they planned three World Wars to achieve their aim.”

State of the Nations: Three Layers of Lies – “By lies, Judeo-Masonry is preparing for the Third World War” (In this piece, Williamson also commends the late South African apartheid-supporting journalist Aida Parker).

More recently, Williamson has given his thoughts to the world at other sites. In his 2005 “Denial of Christ creates chaos” he rails against immigration:

The infidels are at the gate: Eurabia is inevitable. …the enemies of God, seeing as usual farther ahead than His friends, foresaw in the immigration of an alien population a great means of diluting the national identity of countries which by their long and proud history risked not easily being absorbed into the Antichrist’s New World Order…

St Paul frames the equality of different human races, classes and sexes within Christ. In other words the equality is before God, and will only be fulfilled in Heaven. St Paul would never have dreamt of denying or wiping out the inequality of human differences before men. As to the inequality in this life between Jew and Greek, see Romans and Galatians; between bond and free, see Philemon; between man and woman, see Ephesians and Colossians. The will of God for men on earth is that Catholic save Jew, that the man free look after the bondsman and that the man be head of the woman. So when the white men give up on saving Jews, looking after other races and leading their womenfolk, it is altogether normal for them to be punished respectively by the domination of Jewish finance, by the refusal to follow of the non-white races and by rampant feminism.

Catholic journalist Michael Anger has also noted links between the SSPX, Williamson, and a far-right activist named Derek Holland; Holland and Nick Griffin helped to create the far-right “International Third Position”.

12 Responses

  1. The Pope has merely lifted the excommunication that Williamson inter alia incurred lata sententiae for illicitly receiving episcopal orders without a papal mandate. The SSPX is still without canonical recognition, as it was suppressed in 1975. Bishop Williamson is still suspended a divinis. He has no jurisdiction, and never will. He is not even permitted to celebrate Mass!

  2. Thanks, I’ve made an amendment.

  3. January 25, 2009

    It is well known that during World War II the Germans murdered millions of non-jews as well as jews. This was especially so in Poland, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. Even Priests and nuns were targeted by them. Does Father Williamson deny this little fact as well.

    Since world war 2 there have been genocides in the killing fields of Cambodia, Yugoslavia, Central America and most recently in Rwanda and Congo. Does Father Williamson deny that as well.

    The fact is that to deny one is to deny all. For such a person to be readmitted by a man of God is therefore quite simply an abomination of the highest magnitude.

    Sam Kohen

  4. Barth,

    Any idea what the motivation is for lifting the excommunication?


  5. I hate to be so prejudiced, but can I remind everyone that all of the actors involved here are members of the Catholic Church, one of the most un-just, un-democratic, anit-human, authoritarian, self-serving, genocidal and ridiculous institutions in all of human history?

  6. I’d point out that it’s not only Williamson who has these anti-semitic views in the SSPX – take a look at their website for this article: Also, see the article posted by the American organization Southern Poverty Law Center on – it goes into depth on the anti-semitism of the group as a whole.

  7. There are two ways of dealing with a man like Richard Williamson: one can think him deeply disturbed, deserving only of pity and the hope he can afford a good therapist, thats one way, the other way is to laugh at him and treat his ridiculous utterings with the contempt they deserve: the letter about girls wearing trousers is particularly hilarious; but hold on a minute, ever noticed all those bible pictures of prophets, angels and Jesus, all wearing long dress like garments, as do present day bishops and cardinals: I wonder, is it to stay in touch with their womanliness? Poor old Richie cannot have it both ways; let him and his ‘ilk’ carry on wafting around in their dress like robes giving us all a laugh and leave girls and woman to get on with living in the real world wearing trousers or what ever they like.

  8. […] blogpost outlining the views of the now in exile Bishop […]

  9. […] Pius X  has pulled its archive of Williamson’s pastoral letters, which I cast an eye over here. The letters were a bizarre ragbag of conspiracy-mongering about “Judeo-Masonry” and […]

  10. […] lie bishop hits Britain” was the Sun’s take. Despite his extreme and uncompromising patriarchal views, it was a woman who rescued Williamson from the scrum of photographers and hacks at Heathrow […]

  11. […] Shock noted last year that: In late January 2009, British Catholic SSPX priest Richard Williamson [this guy – RB] made headlines due to comments in an interview on Swedish TV playing down the numbers of […]

  12. […] of France for the Society of Saint Pius X, the same Catholic traditionalist grouping to which Richard Williamson belongs; last year, he complained about Rabbi Rivon Krygier being allowed to give a lecture in […]

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