The questions posed by the editors are, I am glad to say, very easily answered. Yes, the church can confess error. She has done so innumerable times. She does so every time her members—laity, priests, bishops, and popes—go to confession. As for more public confession of error, see, for instance, Luigi Accattoli’s valuable little book When a Pope Asks Forgiveness (Pauline...
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