The Pope has admitted making mistakes over the lifting of the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying bishop, saying the church will make much greater use of the Internet in the future to help avoid such controversies.
In a letter to church leaders, Pope Benedict XVI says the church should have been aware of the views of Bishop Richard Williamson.
“I have been told that consulting the information available on the Internet would have made it possible to perceive the problem early on.
“I have learned the lesson that in the future the Holy See will have to pay greater attention to that source of news…”
Uh, how much of that excuse do you think is pure bullshit?
Internet or not, are we supposed to believe the Pope didn’t have easy access to the statements from a leading light of the most reactionary wing of Roman Catholicism?