Williamson regrets what exactly?

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Richard Williamson of the SSPX has issued an apology. Read it for yourself. It leaves me wondering what he regrets; the hurt he caused the Pope, the victims of the Nazis or does he regret his opinions?

Some have made him sound like a sweet old cleric with some strange opinions. I disagree. I believe that he is a dangerous revisionist who has tried to minimize the horror of the Nazi regime and who promotes demeaning attitudes towards women and those who do not follow his warped brand of Christianity.

Declaration of Bishop Williamson, February 26, 2009

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.

+Richard Williamson
London 26 February 2009.

3 comments

  1. Sorry … but this man is still making fun of the entire world community …. how can a man of his intelligence have missed so many books, so many articles, so many documentaries in all these twenty years …. what I find really ridiculous is that they don’t have an opinion about WWII because they still haven’t found any evidence and yet they have evidence on abortion etc … there’s something not very clear in their approach to research and learning.

  2. I think I agree with Michael. While I think that His Lordship is intelligent, he could have continued to follow-up the research he did in the 80’s for heck’s sake. If he had the time to do that, then why is it he couldn’t find time to do so more recently? I guess now is an opportune time for him to do some catching up!

    I don’t think, however, that he is as dangerous as Friar Rick has come to believe. I don’t think it was His Lordship’s intention to deliberately put Jews down for the sake of it, and to minimize the disaster that was WWII for the sake of pissing people off. His opinions about women do not diverge from Church teaching (I even agree with him), from what I have read. He simply isn’t correct in his follow-through (which I couldn’t disagree more with). His “warped view of Christianity” needs to be expounded on further as I haven’t come across anything that would make me question +Williamson’s doctrinal orthodoxy. Perhaps he isn’t as optimistic as John XXIII, but that hardly keeps one’s view of things from being warped.

  3. His opinions about women do not diverge from Church teaching (I even agree with him), from what I have read.
    -read JPII on the role of women

    His “warped view of Christianity” needs to be expounded on further as I haven’t come across anything that would make me question +Williamson’s doctrinal orthodoxy.
    -not accepting Vatican II is not orthodox

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