Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

deja vu in the British press

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Oct 07, 2009

Two different London newspapers carried stories this week about a Vatican official who was cruising slowly through Rome's red-light district, and when police tried to stop his car he set off on a high-speed chase, causing a crash that injured three police officers before he was finally arrested.

Does this sound familiar? It should.

The incident described in the London papers actually took place more than three years ago. The prosecution's case against Msgr. Cesare Burgazzi has just now come up in court, so a few reporters-- perhaps new to the Italian beat-- ran with the story as if it was news. Sure enough, their reports percolated through the internet and were picked up by various bloggers and second-hand news merchants, and the unfortunate Msgr. Burgazzi had his second 15 minutes of international notoriety.

If you read this week's stories carefully, you'll notice that there is no mention of when the incident took place. So you can't actually say that the stories are false. But you can remind yourself always to question the accuracy of British reporters covering Vatican news.
 

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($33,297 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,703.25
95% 5%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Another argument for reform in the Roman Curia 7 hours ago
A Diocese in Paraguay 8 hours ago
Apologies: The danger in lamenting what everyone laments 11 hours ago
Talk to your kids about porn! 17 hours ago
Showing the Courage to battle homosexual impulses July 31

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21