Overwhelming Defense of the Pope in the Face of Absurd Reporting

by Steve Ray on March 31, 2010

Cardinal Levada decries New York Times attack on Pontiff
Cardinal William Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has joined in the defense of Pope Benedict XVI against critical reports published by the New York Times. Faulting the newspaper’s reporting and its editorial comment on the Pope’s alleged involvement in sex-abuse scandals, the cardinal wrote:
“the article and the editorial are deficient by any reasonable standards of fairness that Americans have every right and expectation to find in their major media reporting.”

Archbishop Dolan details errors in Times reports on abuse scandal
New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan, writing on his own blog, has provided a detailed critique of reports published in the New York Times, attempting to draw a connection between Pope Benedict and sex-abuse scandals. Those reports, Archbishop Dolan notes, were based  on information provided by trial lawyers who are currently involved in litigation against the Holy See. The Times reporting was based on documents that do not support the newspaper’s charges. And one front-page report dredged up information that was public several years ago.

The archbishop asked: “Why is this news now? The only reason it is news at all is because of the implication that Cardinal Ratzinger was involved. Yet the documentation does not support that charge, and thus they should have no place in a putatively respectable newspaper.”

Archbishop Listecki: Milwaukee, not Rome at fault in Murphy abuse scandal
Apologizing to victims of clerical abuse, Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee said in his March 30 Chrism Mass homily that Milwaukee bishops– implicitly Archbishop William Cousins (1958-77) and Archbishop Rembert Weakland (1977-2002)– were at fault in the handling of Father Lawrence Murphy’s abuse of deaf children.

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Fr George Tambala April 1, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Please I came across your blog by chance after signing in ‘in defense of the pope’. Please I need any articles you may have in defence of the Pope as I have a lot of friends who have been misinformed about the child abuse issues and the whole attack on the Holy Father. I have been looking for articles that may be in PDF Format without necessarily tied to legal copyright so that I can send them to these friends in Africa through email. The battle is drawn against the Church and we are running out of ammunition ( anything to stemm off this unjust treatment of the Pope. I am even ready to join the defenders of the Catholic faith. I am a Catholic priest belonging to one of the most ancient orders in the Church ( Carmelites)

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