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Book attacking Pope's handling of abuse issue is riddled with errors, bishop says

September 22, 2010

A book by Geoffrey Robertson, the prominent barrister who has assailed Pope Benedict for his handling of the sex-abuse crisis, “contains many dramatic and false claims that need correcting,” an Australian bishop argues.

Reviewing The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse, Bishop Julian Porteous finds “many efforts of fact.” While acknowledging that Robertson favors a confrontational approach, the bishop argues that a lively argument must nonetheless be grounded in reality. “Polemics cannot excuse from accuracy in fact," he writes.

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