If the Pope is infallible, how can he make mistakes?
This is the question I found myself asking last week when Pope Benedict XVI admitted to making "mistakes" and "mishaps" over the re-admittance of Bishop Richard Williamson to the Catholic Church, despite his refusal to acknowledge the scale of the Holocaust. Surely this denies the dogma of Papal Infallibility, which according to the Catholic Encyclopedia is not only exemption from error, but also the exemption from the liability to err.
And so if the Pope can make mistakes, how infallible is the statement that he made on Tuesday that condoms are not a solution to the AIDS epidemic in Africa? He is also quoted as saying that condoms "even aggravates the problem" Does that sound infallible? Or is it a 'mishap'?