This is very disappointing, it is on our Bishop's website, apparently the link to the actual letter was a later addition:
Issued by the Catholic Communications Network
Letter from Pope Benedict XVI concerning the remission of the excommunication of the four Bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has sent a letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church concerning the remission of the excommunication of the four Bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre.
Statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales:
“The Pope’s letter is a collegial act to the Bishops of the Catholic Church. In a deeply humble letter, the Pope explains his decision to lift the excommunications of the four Bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre and offers a heartfelt apology for the mistakes made and the unintended consequences of that decision. He thanks ‘our Jewish friends’ for quickly helping to clear up the misunderstanding and to restore the friendship and trust that has existed throughout his pontificate and that of John-Paul II.
“The Pope expresses his strong commitment to inter-religious dialogue, especially with those of the Jewish faith and ecumenical dialogue with other Christians. He reveals his passion for reconciliation and in a rallying call to all in the Church to give better witness, the Pope emphasises that the fundamental priority of the Church is to lead men and women to God.
“Essential to this task is the need for unity and it is the Petrine Office that is the centre and promoter of the unity of the Church and, as such, a prophetic voice as to how individuals and nations across the world should relate. As part of our Lenten journey the Pope calls on all of us to put our trust in the Lord who protects us and guides our steps along the way to peace.”
Full text of Pope Benedict XVI's letter
Pope Benedict XVI's letter to Bishops of the Catholic Church - 12 March 09 (pdf)
The only consolation I can take is that I hope it was produced without the involvement any of our Bishops.
It misses essential points:
The excommunications were medicinal, an attempt to heal a potential schism, as was the removal of the excommunications.
The lifting of the excommunications do not alter the irregularity of the SSPX, nor does it mean that the SSPX now hold any office within the Catholic Church.
Even the reference to the Petrine ministry is pretty bland in the "press release" compared to the original letter.
The issues of divergence are theological. It would have been good to have seen this key paragraph quoted:
One cannot freeze the magisterial authority of the Church in 1962 and - this must be quite clear to the Fraternity. But to some of those who show off as great defenders of the Council it must also be recalled to memory that Vatican II contains within itself the whole doctrinal history of the Church. Who wants to be obedient to it [sic. the Council] must accept the faith of the centuries and must not cut the roots of which the tree lives.
The Holy Father says,
I learn from this that we at the Holy See have to pay more careful attention to this [the Internet] news source in the future.
One can only hope whoever is responsible for the Bishop's website would give the same "careful attention", but again and again we have this sort of pap being handed out on their Lordships behalf, surely they can't be satisfied with it!