As all watchers of the Catholic extreme right must know by now, Bishop Richard Williamson has been expelled from the ultra-traditionalist Society of St Pius X (SSPX). This development has been years, if not decades, in the making, and is fascinating on a number of levels. A great English eccentric, Williamson is a highly cultured, charismatic and intellectually gifted man. He is also a political extremist and conspiracy theorist who has managed to alienate most of his fellow traditionalist Catholics, and who now finds himself cast into ecclesial outer darkness. He would be a gift to a novelist.