HAVING REFLECTED and prayed about the statement I made about Fr Guy Nicholls and his membership of the Oratory Community (Catholic Herald, 25 November), I wish to withdraw this extremely hurtful and harmful statement in its entirety.
I apologise unreservedly to Fr Guy Nicholls, his family, friends and members of the Birmingham Oratory Community.
This statement should never have been written by me, and most certainly never have been made public. As a life-long member of the Oratory parish, I wish all the members of the community a very happy and peaceful new year.
Peter Jennings Harborne, Birmingham