Colombia’s Jewish community on Monday asked the country’s inspector general to clarify whether or not he is a Holocaust denier.
“We ask that [Inspector General Alejandro Ordoñez] give a response to the question asked by journalist Hector Abad Faciolince during an interview with Blue Radio, on April 8th, 2013,” the Confederation of Jewish Communities in Colombia (CCJC) said in a letter to Ordoñez.
In the interview, Abad asked Ordoñez if he were a Holocaust denier like the Lefebvrian Bishops. The inspector general declined to respond, reportedly claiming that the Holocaust was not the subject of discussion.
“Given the importance of the issue,” the letter reportedly declared, “There can be no doubt about the position of a public official.”
The Lefebvrians Bishops that were mentioned by Abad are a traditionalist association of Catholic priests formed in 1969, who disagree with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, and deny the existence of the Holocaust. The Vatican has called the Lefebvrian society illegitimate.
Colombian newspaper El Tiempo reported that the Lefebvrians have four bishops and over 200,000 followers across the world including Latin America, where the majority reside in Argentina, Chile and Colombia.
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- El Vaticano considera ilegítima ordenación de 4 curas lefebvrianos (El Tiempo)