Apparently the Vatican has come to recognize what a terrible mess it has gotten itself into. Chancellor Merkel's unequivocal condemnation may have helped them see the light. Merkel dismissed the Pope's previous comments as not "sufficient."
For her there were no ifs or buts. There was just make it clear you think he is a liar.
Well now the Vatican has called on him -- in unequivocal terms -- to recant. The statement, issued today by the Vatican Secretariat of State, said that Williamson “must absolutely, unequivocally and publicly distance himself from his positions on the Shoah,” which it said were “unknown to the Holy Father at the time he revoked the excommunication.”
The more I learn about the SSPX, the less worried I am about Williamson's denial and the more worried I become about their blatant antisemitism.
[I do not think the Pope is the least bit antisemitic. I do think he was willing to tolerate these views in the name of Church unity.]
For the BBC coverage see here.