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 apologize.
As the Holy Father has said, every act
of unjust violence against one man hurts all mankind.
February 26, 2009