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Pope Admits Mistake in Handling of Holocaust Denier Bishop

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The pope may be infallible, but even he makes the occasional mistake. Pope Benedict XVI admitted Wednesday in a rare letter to Vatican bishops that he erred when he considered reinstating Richard Williamson, a controversial bishop who in the past has denied the extent and severity of the Holocaust.

The pope wrote that he had originally intended to reinstatement Williamson to show mercy and forgiveness to the excommunicated bishop, he didn't realize it would reopen a rift between the Catholic Church and Jewish leaders.

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"That this overlapping of two opposing processes took place and momentarily upset peace between Christians and Jews, as well as peace within the church, is something which I can only deeply deplore," he wrote.

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