Australia cancels visa of Holocaust-denying bishop

Marcy Oster

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – A controversial British Catholic bishop who has denied that six million Jews died in the Holocaust had his visa to Australia cancelled.

Bishop Richard Williamson was scheduled to speak in rural Australia this month but his visa was cancelled this week, the Australian Jewish News reported.

Williamson, who was convicted of Holocaust denial by a German court, has claimed that between 200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished, but none in gas chambers.

The Australian Jewish News said it had contacted the Department of Immigration last week to alert them to Williamson’s visit.

A department spokesperson contacted the newspaper this week to inform it that “the individual’s visa has been cancelled,” the paper reported.

Williamson, who has also described Jews as “enemies of Christ,” was suspended by Pope Benedict until he repudiated his denial of the Holocaust.