Reuter's Blog - Pope Benedict on the Bishop Williamson Affair, "I Screwed Up"

When a Pope (who we thought was infallible) admits that he screwed up, that is news.

We no doubt will have reservations about how far the Pope goes in his admission of non-perfection. That's just quibbling, which we will get to tomorrow when the official text of Benedict's mea culpa is out there for us to parse.
Pope to bishops: check your mail

pope-pic-1Those of us who thought the pope had said the final word on the Williamson saga will have to think again. It seems to be never-ending.

On Thursday the Vatican officially releases a letter to the world’s bishops in which the pope essentially acknowledges that the Vatican handled the lifting of the excommunications of four ultra-traditionalist bishops very badly and that it hurt him personally that things went awry.

The story started leaking out on Tuesday night in the blog of Andrea Tornielli of Il Giornale and a story with partial excerpts was published in the Italian newspaper Il Foglio on Wednesday. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung printed what it said was the full text in German of the pope’s letter....

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