Sunday, March 28, 2010

Now Michael Sean Winters takes on the New York Times

The fisking of news reports and columns about the sex abuse stories and the Church is now fast and furious as Catholics lose patience with the media witchhunt against the Church.

Michael Sean Winters is the latest to take aim, this time at the New York Times and its reportage of the Milwaukee scandal.

The New York Times’ article, by the usually reliable Laurie Goodstein, was not only unsupported by the documentation the paper cited, it seemed unrelated. From the documents the Times provided it seems abundantly clear that there was a monster priest, Father Murphy, in Milwaukee who abused dozens and dozens of deaf children, and that when this came to light in 1974, he was retired from ministry. Twenty years later, in 1996, a different charge was made against the priest, that he had granted absolution for sexual sins in which he was complicit. This was referred to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which was headed at the time by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. To be clear – and this is important because the Times’ article seems to elide the charges – Cardinal Ratzinger and the CDF had no jurisdiction over abuse claims in 1996. Charges of sexual abuse only became the CDF’s responsibility in 2001. To suggest that Cardinal Raztinger was not taking the charge of sexual abuse seriously is not just interpretatively wrong in this case but factually wrong: The charge of sexual abuse was not in front of him.

As Winters' puts it, "The Holy Father does not need the support of a lowly blogger, but he and the Church he leads deserve fair treatment by journalists. Yesterday, neither the Pope nor the Church got a fair treatment in the Times."

Read it all here.


Anonymous Jim Denham said...

Apologising - again - for child abuse: simply contemptible

3/28/2010 1:57 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

But I haven't apologised for child abuse. Rubbish.

3/28/2010 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed a real gem on News 24 today. The voiceover was saying that lots of Catholics are perturbed and angry, which is true. But this was illustrated by footage of the No Popery Coalition demonstrating at Westminster Cathedral.

So, you've got militant atheists who hate Catholics and militant homosexualists who hate Catholics, shouting about how much they hate Catholics and trying to have a row with the congregation. And the saintly Peter Tatchell is still retailing the same old bullshit about Crimen sollicitationis, which isn't worthy of him.

But it seems that where the Holy Father is concerned there's no need for fairness or perspective or, y'know, factuality. But if the parameters of the debate are being set by Ruthie Gledhill, Johann Hari and those charming folks from the National Sanderson Society, that's about all that can be expected.

3/28/2010 2:51 PM  

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