Pope’s preacher likens media to anti-Semites

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The official preacher to Pope Benedict XVI, during a Good Friday sermon in St. Peter’s Basilica, likened recent media coverage of the pope’s record on clerical sex abuse to propaganda spread against Jews. With Benedict listening in, the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, quoted what he said was a […]

  • Paul

    I am personally troubled by what is the clear lack of responsible journalism in dealing with the reporting of the sex abuse scandals and links of them to the Pope.

    Clearly there has been great failings in the Church hierarchy. Specifically those archbishops who failed to act when scandals rocked their dioceses. Yet, to link these to the Pope on such weak and contradictory evidence speaks volumes of a clear and deliberate anti-Catholic bias in much of the media. Sadly even RNS seems to have fallen into this trap.

    The above article has an optional trim in which the response of some Catholics defending the Pope is given. It is listed under the heading “(Optional Trim Follows)”. Furthermore they are quotes from those who are far away from the current incident that is actually the cause of the article. What a responsible journalist should have done was to get the reaction of Rev. Cantalamessa, (who clearly would have had a response), rather than print reactions dealing with other issues that the article is not about.

    In the future I expect and demand a higher level of quality when it comes to journalism at RNS.