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gimme a break

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 03, 2010

"Pope takes break from scandal, visits Turin Shroud," read the AP headline, which was dutifully passed along by dozens of newspapers. The headline conjures up the image of a weary Pontiff pushing himself away from a desk cluttered with dossiers of abusive priests, rushing off to Turin just to get away from it all.

But wait. The standard criticism-- conveyed in countless AP reports-- is that Pope Benedict isn't paying enough attention to the sex-abuse scandal-- that he hasn't devoted all his public statements to the issue, even as the media keep churning out reports.
Maybe the headline should read:
AP takes break from scandal, pays attention to papal visit to Turin Shroud
As it stands the headline suggests that the Pope is almost obsessed with the sex-abuse issue. Well, somebody is.


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  • Posted by: Gaby - May. 04, 2010 9:54 AM ET USA

    What a strange break from tradition. One would have expected the headline to read: "Pope once again fails to address sex abuse scandal during his public visit to Shroud of Turin." But wait, why didn't all those other headlines read, "Pope takes a break from scandal to meet with so-and-so / speak on such-and-such /visit this-and-that, etc, etc? News, shmews- so long as we can get the word "scandal" in the headline.

  • Posted by: Salome - May. 04, 2010 8:47 AM ET USA

    Over the past few weeks since these old stories were dug up and given unsustainable spin to create a 'scandal' in the 'news', there has been a refrain in the media every time the Pope has said or done anything, that he hasn't mentioned the 'clergy sex abuse scandal'. Since when did these 'journalists' think they had the right to dictate what the Pope will say?