Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Wall Street Journal column criticizes Times coverage of Pope

Catholic World News - 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?”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($20,922 to go):
$35,000.00 $14,078.44
60% 40%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • 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.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Difficult Decisions in the Real World 21 hours ago
The real reason why divorced/remarried German Catholics are leaving the Church 22 hours ago
An unexpected surge in confessions? August 21
The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching August 21
In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action August 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8