According to its publisher Pope Benedict XVI's new book Jesus of Nazareth sold more than 50,000 copies when it went on sale on Monday - the pontiff's 80th birthday
The book is a personal meditation on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, and criticises capitalism's exploitation of the poor and the absence of God in Marxism. An English-language edition is due on May 15. In the introduction the Pope stated that his portrayal of Jesus was his personal view. "Therefore, everyone is free to contradict me," he wrote.
However, Catholic bloggers took the opportunity to point out that he wrongly identifies a US theologian. In a paragraph citing books about Jesus, he identifies John Meier, a professor at Notre Dame University as a Jesuit. Mr Meier is in fact A PRIEST OF THE NEW YORK DIOCESE.
"The Pope is not infallible - there's a little mistake in his last book," Italian journalist Sandro Magister said in his blog Settimo Cielo (Seventh Heaven).... That the Pope can make such a dreadful error shakes my faith in Catholicism - so shaken that I may not go to mass on Sunday....
(NB I do know what is and isn’t covered by papal infallibility)