Frankly, I thought Williamson’s apology to be pretty good. Sure, it didn’t got into lots of details. He didn’t exactly rub gravel in his hair.
The translation is pretty rough.
Holocaust denier Williamson threatened with consequences
Bishop Fellay is to announce possible sanctions against Richard Williamson in the coming days. [Let us be clear about this. This would be entirely internal to how they get along. The SSPX does not have authority to impose sanctions on anyone.] "Yes. I’m already in the course of action,"he said on Sunday outside of Mass in Zaitzkofen (Regensburg area), where the Society of St Pius maintains a seminar [sic] for priests. There the Lefebvre Bishop Richard Williamson apparently also gave the controversial television interview in which he denied the Holocaust of six million Jews. The Regensburg prosecutor is investigating a case of race hatred.
Fellay on Sunday gave no concrete indications of the implications of the Holocaust denial will have for Williamson in the Society of St Pius. A possible resignation or an official withdrawal [From WHAT? The SSPX? I doubt it.] Fellay would not confirm. "This is perhaps too much to say, but I do not see how Bishop Williamson now can exercise his office of bishop in many countries." [That leaves a lot of other countries.] Apparently, however, in any case a strong reduction of the work of Williamson is being considered.
Lefebvre Bishop Fellay was disappointed that Williamson last Friday, in the midst of worldwide uproar, had regrets over his interview, but had withdrawn nothing substantive. [In other words, Fellay was sorry that Williamson wasn’t more specific and clear.] "You see the situation in which we are. From this you can see that we are disappointed, "he said. Before the interview, he had known nothing of the anti-Semitic attitude of the British bishop. "As he did now, he has never spoken." He had not been aware that Williamson had "extravagant thought" on various topics. "I have, so to speak, to attribute that “to the Briton." [AH YES! the pesky "Briton"… painted blue, with a club, screaming as they come over the walls….]
Anti-Semitism was in the Society of St Pius an isolated case. "In each group there are always people on the edges." By Williamson word, wounds had been newly torn open. "I apologise to those who have been hurt by this and especially the Jewish people."
Even with this rough translation, you can see that things are heating up. The SSPX is reacting with warmth, which indicates to me that even they have some sense of urgency in this matter. I don’t think this is simple damage control, though clearly it is that too. After all, they have a base and funding to think about if they are going to survive in a climate that will see less and less discretionary income amongst their followers.
So… what’ll it be? Will it come to the point that Bp. Williamson will have to function ut sacerdos? ut laicus?