Pope Benedict released a letter where he admits that the Vatican erred in handling the case of Holocaust-denying excommunicated bishop Richard Williamson. Part of the problem, apparently, was uh… spotty Internet access? Pope Benedict wrote:
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 in the Holy See we will have to pay greater attention to that source of news.
Aw. Good of him to admit his uh… fallibility. And he was gracious about it too! He even threw the Heebs a bone:
The pope said in the letter that he was â€œsaddenedâ€ that even Catholics â€œthought they had to attack me with open hostility,â€ and he thanked â€œour Jewish friends, who quickly helped to clear up the misunderstanding and to restore the atmosphere of friendship and trust.â€
Yes. Friendship and trust. Indeed. You are welcome Mr. Pope. So, in the spirit of friendship and trust, would it be ok if I popped over for a beer and like, borrowed your lawn mower? While I’m down there, could I poke around in your basement and see if I could find that uh… candelabra your people borrowed a little while back?