Her er en helt fersk (så vidt jeg forstår) beklagelse fra biskop Williamson, for all skade han har gjort mot Kirken, og mot de som ble pint under «Det tredje riket», pga sin uttalelse om Holocaust. Han har vel ikke tatt avstant fra sine meninger, men han beklager svært tydelig å ha nevnt sine synspunkter. Han bruker uttrykk som; «I regret having made such remarks – my responsibility for much distress caused – to all souls that took honest scandal from what I said before God I apologise.» Her er hele hans uttalelse, som ble sendt til Vatikanets kommisjon Ecclesia Dei – les debatten om dette hos Father Z.
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.
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.
On Swedish television I gave only the opinion (…»I believe»…»I believe»…) of a non-historian, an opinion formed 20 years ago on the basis of evidence then available and rarely expressed in public since. 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.
As the Holy Father has said, every act of injust violence against one man hurts all mankind.
London 26 February 2009.