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hiding in plain sight

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Oct 02, 2006

Ed Peters runs an excellent, informative blog about matters relating to canon law. Ordinarily, that means that he writes about serious matters-- recently, for instance, he's been invaluable in discussing the status of Archbishop Milingo.

But then sometimes even a canon lawyer can do nothing but laugh, and Ed has some fun with a BBC "investigative report" about an allegedly secret Vatican policy on sexual abuse.

...apparently Pope Benedict has a lot to learn about how to keep documents secret: like not publishing them in journals distributed around the world.

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  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 03, 2006 6:50 PM ET USA

    This is not the first time the British press has published inaccuracies and outright lies about the Catholic Church. We should never forget, as English-speaking people, where we got our history. This very type of tripe from the very same source with the very same agenda. If they can't get this right, what about the more serious things like the Inqusition, Crusades and the Reformation? Do you still believe what your 5th grade teacher told you?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2006 3:32 PM ET USA

    Britain's journalism has to be one of the most nauseating in the world, particularly when it comes to reporting on the Church. Trouble is, the bottom line is its driving force, including at the BBC even though it's mostly state and licence-fee funded. Never let facts get in the way of a good story, so they say, but it's got to stop. And I speak as a journalist and a Brit.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Oct. 02, 2006 11:51 AM ET USA

    the report I saw at couldn't even get the Holy Father's name right: "Before being elected as Pope Benedict XVI in April last year, the pontiff was Cardinal Thomas Ratzinger..."

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2006 11:12 AM ET USA

    What do you get when you cross a King James era Anglican and a member of the American Knownothing party? Answer: the BBC Maybe they should hire Peter Jennings to check their facts for them.

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