With the story about Stephen Hawking the other day claiming that Pope John Paul II said "“It’s OK to study the universe and where it began. But we should not inquire into the beginning itself because that was the moment of creation and the work of God.” in a conference on cosmology I figured it would not be long till we had the actual quote from the Pope and that it would be quite different than what was represented.
‘Every scientific hypothesis about the origin of the world, such as the one that says that there is a basic atom from which the whole of the physical universe is derived, leaves unanswered the problem concerning the beginning of the universe. By itself science cannot resolve such a question….’ The pope then quoted Pope Pius XII as saying, ‘We would wait in vain for an answer from the natural sciences which declare, on the contrary, that they honestly find themselves faced with an insoluble enigma.’
[Via the Catholic League]
So I guess since the real quote is not represented by what the esteemed Stephen Hawking said I guess we could just say it had been swallowed by a black hole in his memory or that it had been gravitationally distorted by brain cells being to close to someone thinking deeply about event horizons.