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By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | May 30, 2012

“Pope Benedict on Wednesday angrily denounced media coverage of a leaks scandal shaking the Roman Catholic Church, saying it presented a false image of the Holy See.” Thus runs the lede of a Reuters story today.

Yes, the Pope definitely said that the media reports were creating a false impression of the Vatican. He was critical of the reporting, so you might say—with a bit of understandable exaggeration—that he “denounced” the coverage. But angrily?

Where in this story, or in the full description of the Pope’s talk, do you see any indication of anger?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Dec. 11, 2018 10:12 PM ET USA

    I'm not impressed. Francis is a very cynical manipulator, and I believe these remarks are nothing but a means of providing cover for a future opportunity to say the exact opposite.

  • Posted by: MatJohn - Dec. 11, 2018 8:06 PM ET USA

    Now whose ox is gored?

  • Posted by: feedback - Dec. 08, 2018 9:17 AM ET USA

    The Pope certainly threw a spoke in Martin's wheel. And not a moment too soon.