Holocaust Bishop Apologizes

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2009 3:59 PM CST
Bishop Richard Williamson, second from left in foreground, is escorted out of Heathrow airport by police and security officers after arriving on a flight from Argentina yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A British bishop apologized today for remarks in which he denied the scale of the Holocaust and asserted that no Jews were gassed in concentration camps. "I can truthfully say that I regret having made such remarks," said Bishop Richard Williamson. He did not, however, say that his comments were wrong or that he had changed his views.

"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," said Williamson. It was not clear if the apology would satisfy the Vatican, which had demanded that he recant.