Friday, May 11, 2007

Infallibility in Action

Who knew the pope's robes even had cuffs?

SAO PAULO - Pope Benedict XVI caused such a stir with his comments on the excommunication of lawmakers who vote in favor of legalizing abortion that the Vatican released a transcript Thursday changing what he said. Asked during an in-flight news conference Wednesday if legislators who legalized abortion in Mexico City should rightfully be considered excommunicated, Benedict said "Yes."

...On Thursday, the Vatican tried again to defuse the controversy.

A slightly edited transcript was issued that dropped the word "yes" in the pope´s response to the question that started it all...

[Spokesman] Lombardi told reporters such edits are common. "Every time the pope speaks off-the-cuff the Secretariat of State reviews and cleans up his remarks," he said.

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