Pius ordinations ahead of Williamson appeal

The controversial ultra-conservative Catholic group, the Pius Brotherhood, has ordained four new priests just two days before Bishop Richard Williamson’s appeal against his conviction for Holocaust denial.

Bishop Bernard Fellay of the Saint Pius X Society, a Swiss-based Catholic fraternity, ordained the four men at a seminary in Zaitzofen, near the southern German city of Regensburg, on Saturday. Williamson’s appeal is to be heard in Regensburg district court on Monday.

Priests ordained by the rebellious arch-traditionalist brotherhood are not recognized by the Catholic Church, and the Vatican has sharply criticized the practise in the past.

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