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By Diogenes (articles ) | May 10, 2010

When one influential cardinal openly criticizes another, that's a legitimate headline story. The question is what the headline should say.

The facts are not in dispute. The Archbishop of Vienna criticized the cardinal who was the #2 man at the Vatican, the Secretary of State, until Pope Benedict replaced him.  

So if you wanted to be accurate, you'd write a headline something like this:

Former ranking Vatican official mishandled abuse complaints, says Archbishop of Vienna

Then again, if you wanted to take a cheap shot at the Pope, implying that he was ultimately responsible (even though the story clearly indicated otherwise), you might use this:

Archbishop of Vienna accuses one of Pope’s closest aides of abuse cover-up

Want to guess which headline the London Times used?
Check here if you really find it necessary.


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 12, 2010 11:54 AM ET USA

    You (and much of the Church) are playing a psychological shell game, Diogenes. When you are caught in sin it is best to admit it, and not play the victim.

  • Posted by: paul20105493 - May. 11, 2010 1:55 PM ET USA

    SentimentalGent, I couldn't have said it better.

  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - May. 10, 2010 9:51 PM ET USA

    I didn't find it necessary to look. Don't need to take a manhole off a sewer to find out if it smells down there.