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Media distort Church statements, Cardinal Bertone charges April 02, 2007

In an interview with the French magazine Le Figaro, the Vatican Secretary of State has complained about media distortion of Vatican statements.

"We face a serious problem," Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told Le Figaro. "Church statements are the subject of manipulation by some Western media."

The Italian prelate cited press coverage of the speech delivered by Pope Benedict XVI at Regensburg last October. Because of baised reporting, he said, most people received a seriously skewed idea of what the Pontiff had actually said. Cardinal Bertone suggested that the coverage was intentionally slanted to fit the preconceptions of Western secularists.

In the same interview with Le Figaro, the Secretary of State provided confirmation that Pope Benedict will soon release a motu proprio allowing much broader use of the Tridentine Mass. The cardinal said that "there is no valid reason not to give priests throughout the world the right to celebrate Mass in this form."

Cardinal Bertone declined to say when the motu proprio will be released, but he did confirm that Pope Benedict will give a public explanation for the document, in which the Pontiff will "explain his vision for the use of the old Missal."

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