"Obviously there was a failure there somewhere in the Vatican," he said. "That's where he needs very good, competent advisers.
"Pope Benedict was very hurt by the reaction to all this and he apologised if it was due to any mistake on his part.
"In the best organised business or institution things can sometimes go wrong. I saw some comments by the Vatican information and press officer and he also was saying that they need to get their act together on this."
But if, by a decree at least a hundred years old, the Pope is infallible, and if, by this dodge, the Vatican asserts the Pope depends on advisors for information, then does this mean his advisors are also infallible?
So far in his short term, Pope Benedict has admitted to having worked for the Nazis during WWII, has reinstated a prominent Bishop who is also a Holocaust denier into the church, and has blamed the availability and use of condoms for the spread of HIV/AIDS in the continent of Africa. Before his papal appointment, Benedict was the head of the Jesuits, and the highest authority of the arm of the Vatican that enforced doctrine, formerly known affectionately as the Inquisition. No further proof is needed that the Catholic Church is an institution no longer connected with reality, nor relevant to the world today. It's possible that in the tenth century, when the world was mired in the Dark Ages, the Church had some vitality and purpose. Since then, and like so many other organized religions, the Vatican has been a reactionary force espousing nothing but an evil scorched earth retreat back into those heady, nostalgic times. The current Pope epitomizes and embodies this sorry state of decadence and institutional putrescence.
Let's do the world a favor and consign this pope to the same news coverage we give to skinheads and the Taliban.