“The Holy Father and my Superior, Bishop Bernard Fellay, have requested that I reconsider the remarks I made on Swedish television four months ago, because their consequences have been so heavy,” Bishop Williamson said in a statement released by the Zenit Catholic news agency.
“Observing these consequences I can truthfully say that I regret having made such remarks, and that if I had known beforehand the full harm and hurt to which they would give rise, especially to the Church, but also to survivors and relatives of victims of injustice under the Third Reich, I would not have made them.”
Bishop Williamson said he was only giving his opinion as a non-historian. “An opinion formed 20 years ago on the basis of evidence then available, and rarely expressed in public since.”
He added: “However, the events of recent weeks and the advice of senior members of the Society of St Pius X have persuaded me of my responsibility for much distress caused. To all souls that took honest scandal from what I said, before God I apologise.”
Fairly standard, this day in age, eh?
His words were today dismissed as “empty” because he refused to say whether he still believes that such claims were “lies”.