Is the pope Catholic?

Usually, that’s a rhetorical question. Unless you’re one of the conservative few who think Pope Francis may be an antipope and a schism in the Church is looming, given there remains another living pope.

Or unless you’re The Times of London.

The Spectator pointed out a hilarious correction in The Times, which had run an article about Pope St. John Paul II titled “Let’s honour the quiet pope who changed the world.”

In the article, the paper accidentally referred to the pontiff as “the first non-Catholic pope for 450 years.”


The correction about the religion of Pope John Paul II in The Times of London.


The Polish Karol Wojtyla became the first non-Italian pope in 450 years.