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Junk Reporting on Electing a Pope

By Peter Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Feb 11, 2013

Around the news sites and blogosphere, you have begun to see only the first of the many inaccurate, meaningless, irresponsible, and completely misinformed (not to mention heretical, in some cases) reporting on Pope Benedict's resignation and the election of a new pope. Talking heads, so called "experts," etc. will be put forward by the media and will seldom say anything correct or insightful. Here are some examples for you from the Wall Street Journal.

  • "The cardinals will look for 'someone who has a combination of theological stances, but who also best addresses where we are seeing the church going today,' said Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption College in Worcester, Mass."
  • "'The pontificate of Benedict has combined tradition and innovation. I don't believe that the conclave will break up this heritage,' said Francesco Perfetti, professor of contemporary history at Luiss Univerisity."
  • "'This time there's no designated successor,' said Mr. Dottori. 'There could be many surprises.'"

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