Vatican rejects bishop’s apology
Bishop Williamson in the UK
The bishop said he did not mean to cause offence

The Vatican has rejected an apology by a British bishop who denied the full extent of the Holocaust.

It said the bishop needed to “unequivocally and publicly” withdraw his comments.

Earlier, Jewish leaders said the bishop had failed to address the issue of whether he believed that the Holocaust was a lie.

Richard Williamson said if he had known the full harm his comments would cause, he would not have made them.

‘Ambiguous’ apology

The bishop said that his opinions had been formed “20 years ago on the basis of evidence then available”.

But Vatican spokesman Rev Federico Lombardi said the bishop “does not seem to respect the conditions” it set after he had made the comments.

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