Of course, the modern media being what it is, and modern man being what he is, this is too late to really fix things.
That being said, I like to give credit where credit is due, and you have to admit that this is a rare occasion where the Vatican gives at least some semblance of awareness that the Pope put his sacred foot in it. That to me is a very welcome development. So bravo. Good on him, I say.
However, do not mistake today's remarks for an apology. That would be progress indeed.
I had an idea of how this might have been handled a bit better, so I will repost below part of a comment I left at Creative Minority Report's post on this issue:
I apologize for using the coarse expression about rabbits. Human beings are not rabbits! I was merely trying to explain in everyday terms what the Church has always taught-- and the world has always failed to understand-- that there is no requirement that a Catholic couple must have as many children as possible. That is not what being open to life means.
Large families are heroic witnesses to this openness, but obviously God does not require such a heroic witness from all."