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Media offensive continues, even without evidence

March 30, 2010

The secular media continue to churn out speculative stories about Pope Benedict's involvement with the sex-abuse scandal, making connections and predictions with little or no supporting evidence. For example:

  • The Guardian said that the Church in Italy is expecting a new spate of charges of sexual abuse, on the basis of nothing more than a quote from a lawyer who represents abuse victims.
  • The Independent said that many bishops are asking for a special "summit meeting" on the abuse scandal, on the basis of a quotation from a single unidentified source.
  • National Public Radio carried a commentary by former New York Times religion correspondent Kenneth Briggs, suggesting that Pope Benedict should take a leave of absence until "unanswered questions" are resolved-- without bothering to mention what those questions are.

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 30, 2010 7:19 PM ET USA

    Here is a man who has been, and continues to be, extraordinarily effective in preaching the Gospel, and in building the Church. The culture cannot stand that, and knows that the abuse problem has had the longest legs in running against the Church. So they haul that out every time they need to discredit anybody. God forgive them for their hatred and calumny.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 30, 2010 4:49 PM ET USA

    Satan is busy because he has only a little time left.