Bishop Richard Williamson

November 5, 2012

The leadership of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X has expelled British Bishop Richard Williamson from the society, saying he distanced himself from them and refused “to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors.”

Williamson had been a harsh critic of the group’s engagement in discussions with the Vatican, which were aimed at bringing the society back into full communion with the Catholic Church.

In a Sept. 1 newsletter that Williamson emailed to subscribers, he wrote that the SSPX position was “no longer ‘Rome must convert because truth is absolute,’ but now merely ‘the SSPX demands freedom for itself to tell the truth.’

Instead of attacking the (Vatican II) conciliar treachery, the SSPX now wants the traitors to give it permission to tell the truth?”