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April 1, 2010

Fox: Vatican Slams N.Y. Times for 'Attack' on Pope

Topics: Faith, Political News and commentaries

Fox News reports that Cardinal William J. Levada, the former Archbishop of San Francisco and a close aide to the pope, attacked the NYT's main story on the abuse scandal last week and an editorial as "deficient by any reasonable standards of fairness" and defended the way the Church and the Vatican had handled the Murphy case.

In our post on the topic yesterday we pointed to a Elizabeth Scalia's piece at the Anchoress that addresses Cardinal Levada's response to the Times.

Scalia writes that Cardinal Levada's piece is exceedingly difficult to excerpt, but it is important, and needs to be read. She offers her best try at an excerpt, but, as she aptly notes, it is important to keep in mind the fact that Fr. Thomas Brundage, who adjudicated the case, has made it clear (as the Times does not) that the "monstrous" priest, Fr. Murphy, was "the defendant in a church criminal trial," which came about specifically because Ratzinger's office waived the statute of limitations that would have protected Murphy. As Brundage says, "No one seems to be aware of this."

Readers should take the time to read Scalia's entire piece, at the very least, and for those wanting to have a full understanding of just how unbalanced and distorted the Time's attack piece is, read Cardinal Levada's entire piece. As Scalia points out, the piece is long and exhaustive, and takes great pains to lay out precisely how the church has responded to the revelations of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It ends with a simple plea to the NY Times for "a more balanced view of a leader it can and should count on."

And as Scalia also notes, the plea will indeed fall on the deaf ears of the New York Times, hell-bent on attacking the Catholic Church during holy week, which has become a regular secular media tradition this time of year.

Posted by Richard at April 1, 2010 10:54 AM

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