The Pope is apologizing because the previous Pope kicked the guy out for his views, and this Pope(Ratzinger), put him back in, when the thing he was kicked out for remained. The idea is that because he's putting this Denier in a position of power, Ratzinger is in a way, endorsing his views. It doesn't help the fact that Ratzinger was in Hitler's Youth as a child, so it makes him look REALLY bad. And for a guy who's religion pretty much depends on how much people like you, that's not a place to go.
I think you're free to say that the Holocaust wasn't as big as it was made out to be. I don't think you have a right to say it didn't happen. That's like saying the moon doesn't exist, it's stupid and ignorant, and frankly, I'm all for exterminating stupidity and ignorance.
"So if you go to Washington, it's buildings clean and nice. Bring a pack of matches...and we'll burn the White House twice!"
"Nobody's talking about extermination. No one ever does. They just do it." - Magneto
"Don't solicit for your sister, that's not nice, unless you get a good percentage of her price."