The Vatican is about to become a more Web-savvy institution, according to Benedict XVI. The pope issued a public statement Friday acknowledging that the Holy See failed to investigate the background of Holocaust-denying British Bishop Richard Williamson before formally welcoming him back into the Church’s good graces in January.

Los Angeles Times:

In an attempt to end one of the most serious crises of his papacy, he said in a letter that the Vatican must make greater use of the Internet to prevent other controversies. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the letter — released in six languages — was “really unusual and deserving of maximum attention.”

[…] The Vatican has said that Benedict did not know that British-born Bishop Richard Williamson was a Holocaust denier when he lifted his excommunication Jan. 24.

Benedict, in an implicit criticism of aides, said that not searching the Internet for information beforehand was an “unforeseen mishap” that caused tensions between Christians and Jews.

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