"...the Holy Father completely rejects what was done in Germany to the Jewish people. He does not accept any offense aimed at the Jewish people. All we have for them is love. We never forget that Jesus was a Jew, Mary was a Jew and the Apostles were Jews."
Asked if he took into consideration bishop Williamson's theories about the Holocaust into account before bringing the decree to the attention of the Holy Father, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos responded:
"I have always had truth as a norm. The Holy Father knows this. We are moving forward, trying to rebuild the unity of the Church, and put an end completely to this schism."
It seems the Catholic church can't win with some folks on this issue. On one hand, you have critics accusing the Church as being inflexible and intolerant. Then when Rome extends a hand of forgiveness toward someone and seeks reconciliation, she's called "soft" and in this case, just downright insensitive.
I'm glad Pope Benedict XVI did what he did. Peace and unity should be the ultimate goal for all of us, in whatever sphere of influence we move. For Pope Benedict XVI, he took a courageous step toward bringing unity to the Church. He needs support and prayers.
I think this is especially wonderful given that we are about to enter the most holy season in the Liturgical year - Lent.