updated 1/27/2009 2:04:02 PM ET 2009-01-27T19:04:02

The head of an ultraconservative society asked for forgiveness from Pope Benedict XVI for the claims by one of his bishops that no Jews were gassed in World War II.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, said his group doesn't share the views of Bishop Richard Williamson about what Fellay called the "genocide" of Jews by the Nazis.

He said he had forbidden Williamson from speaking out publicly about any historical or political questions from now on.

The Vatican press office issued Fellay's statement as part of its efforts to quell an outcry among Jews that Benedict had removed Williamson's excommunication despite his views on the Holocaust.

Check back later for more details on this developing story.

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