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Wall Street Journal column criticizes Times coverage of Pope

April 06, 2010

The Wall Street Journal has published a column by William McGurn criticizing The New York Times for its coverage of Pope Benedict and Father Lawrence Murphy’s abuse case.

“[H]is bishops had already stripped Murphy of his priestly faculties, the equivalent of taking a doctor's medical license,” notes McGurn. “Does all this really suggest people callously looking the other way?”

“The man who is now pope reopened cases that had been closed; did more than anyone to process cases and hold abusers accountable; and became the first pope to meet with victims,” McGurn adds. “Isn't the more reasonable interpretation of all these events that Cardinal Ratzinger's experience with cases like Murphy's helped lead him to promote reforms that gave the church more effective tools for handling priestly abuse?”


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  • Posted by: New Sister - Apr. 06, 2010 12:37 PM ET USA

    I've cut off the Times & the Oregonian - won't touch their papers; won't log onto their websites; will avoid & voice my objections to their sponsors as much as possible. I won't even follow links to their articles from "Google News", but select alternate links for the same story.