Rabbis urge Vatican to renounce rebels

European rabbis urged the Vatican on Wednesday to suspend unity talks with an ultra-traditionalist Catholic rebel society until the movement pledged to fight what they called anti-Semitism in its ranks.

The Conference of European Rabbis said Bishop Richard Williamson – already known for publicly denying the Holocaust – and the head of the splinter group in France had recently revived the age-old accusation that Jews killed Jesus.

The statement came as the dissident Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) considered a final offer from the Vatican to end their 23-year split and reintegrate the rebels who firmly reject modernizing reforms the Catholic Church made in the 1960s.

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