VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Catholic bishop who denied the Holocaust has been threatened with expulsion from his traditionalist order for hiring a lawyer linked to the neo-Nazi movement.
The Society of St. Pius X said Monday it ordered Bishop Richard Williamson to fire the lawyer, who will represent him in a Nov. 29 appeal of an incitement conviction in Germany.
The court told the DAPD news agency that Williamson would be represented by Wolfram Nahrath, who has defended neo-Nazis and is a member of a far-right organization.
Williamson was convicted in April for saying in an interview that he didn't believe Jews were gassed during World War II.
It aired days before the pope lifted Williamson's excommunication — incurred for being consecrated without papal consent.