Pope Benedict XVI made it clear on Wednesday that he regrets the uproar caused by bringing a Holocaust-denying bishop, Richard Williamson, back into the fold. Indeed, the Vatican has demanded that Williamson distance himself from his views before he can be fully rehabilitated.
Still, according to a German politician who met with Benedict following the papal audience on Wednesday, the pope is angry at the tone of German criticism. "The Vatican is horrified by the discussion in Germany," Georg Brunnhuber, a parliamentarian from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), told the Financial Times Deutschland. "The impression there is that all of the anti-Catholic resentments hiding under the surface in Germany are now coming to the surface."