After the wreckage in the wake of not following the Church's teachings on contraception, don't you think that he would've been a bit more circumspect? Humanae Vitae was prophetic. Instead we get this piece of judgment (I'm sure the media will trumpet it soon enough):
Being able to admit one's mistakes and the limitations of one's previous viewpoints is a sign of greatness of soul and of confidence. The Church would regain credibility and competence.