News story correction

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 02, 2009

 Because of an error in translation, the original version of yesterday's CWN news story about the resignation of Bishop Francisco Barbosa da Silveira of Minas, Uruguay, contained a factual error. The story has been corrected, and the version that appears on our news page now is accurate. 

Bishop Barbosa did not deny the charge that he had engaged in homosexual activities. In fact the charges were undeniable, since the activities were captured on videotape. Rather than asserting his innocence, the bishop had complained that he was being blackmailed the men who recorded those activities. That is true; it was the extortion demands made by two ex-convicts that eventually brought the bishop's affairs to public notice.

We regret the inaccuracy in our original report.

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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Carole Foryst - Aug. 09, 2018 7:43 PM ET USA

    If only God can create a life, should the corollary be only God can take a life?

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 07, 2018 7:30 PM ET USA

    What, I have asked for years, do you do with a person sentenced to life in prison without parole who takes it into his/her mind to murder a fellow inmate or prison guard? I'm all for abolishing capital punishment and abortion together, but in general, the first action actually ends the life of a bad guy or gal, while the second targets the guiltless only.

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Aug. 03, 2018 6:16 PM ET USA

    Are we supposed to stop wearing crosses now? In PF's world it seems the sacrifice of Christ should have come about by some other means. Oh, the Scandal of the Cross. What is he afraid of?

  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Aug. 03, 2018 3:29 PM ET USA

    What on earth does "inadmissible" mean in moral theological terms? The dignity argument fails since nothing done to another human decreases human dignity in the least, which is from God. I'd also assert there R still people 4 whom the death penalty constitutes a justifiable rememdy 4 society = jihadists who maim&kill given the chance. I also sense the pope doesn't know evil doesn't stop once a person is imprisoned (homosexual slaves, guard-inmate collusion, etc). Thank God he's not really Pope.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Aug. 03, 2018 7:45 AM ET USA

    Sure enough. Among the mini-headlines at the top of our local paper this morning: "Change in the Church: Pope decrees that the death penalty is "inadmissible." Thanks, Frank.

  • Posted by: Dennis Olden - Aug. 03, 2018 7:26 AM ET USA

    Thank you.

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Aug. 03, 2018 7:19 AM ET USA

    Today it's the death penalty, but this is only a preparation for what is to come. Tomorrow it will be the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts that will be declared no longer intrinsically evil.

  • Posted by: shrink - Aug. 03, 2018 6:48 AM ET USA

    Our current pontiff is very creative and much in sync with the times. He is a lesson to us all that simply wishing for something can make it true. He is our first trans-doctrinal pope.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Aug. 02, 2018 6:36 PM ET USA

    Romans 13:3-5 (Rheims NT): "For princes are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good: and thou shalt have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to thee, for good. But if thou do that which is evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword in vain. For he is God's minister: an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil. Wherefore be subject of necessity, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake."