Conservative group apologizes to Pope over Holocaust remarks
Published: 28 Jan 2009 08:55 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Jan 2009 08:55 GMT+01:00
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According to a statement from the Vatican released on Tuesday, SSPX has apologized to Pope Benedict XVI for statements made by British SSPX bishop Richard Williamson during an interview given to Swedish investigative news programme Uppdrag Granskning which aired on Sveriges Television (SVT) last week.
SSPX’s current leader, bishop Bernard Fellay said that Williamson has been reprimanded for the remarks and been ordered not to speak out about politics or historical events in the future.
The conservative group drew attention last week following the SVT report that SSPX welcomes right-wing extremists and Holocaust deniers and that the Church of Sweden had allowed the group to use its facilities.
During the programme, Williamson openly denied the Holocaust, which he has also done on previous occasions.