Category Archives: The Press

No, Pope Francis didn’t say that

There’s a lot of fuss on the net and in the press about Pope Francis’ recent remarks on whether there is an eternal destiny for animals. The good folks at Rorate uncritically quoted a story from USA Today.

The key quote is: “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” USA Today claims that Pope Francis said these words to a bereaved little boy, while a couple of stories in the British

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New York Times Smears (2)

UPDATE (4/6): Please note the correction to this story added below.
It just wouldn’t be Holy Week without a media attack on the Church, would it?
First, a recap for those who haven’t seen much of the story yet: a March 25 NY Times article accused Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) of shielding a pervert priest from punishment under Church law in 1998.
As John Schultz cited below, a piece for National Review Online by Canadian priest and writer Fr. Raymond

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New York Times Smears

From Father Raymond J. de Souza, a response to the New York Times.

The story is false. It is unsupported by its own documentation. Indeed, it gives every indication of being part of a coordinated campaign against Pope Benedict, rather than responsible journalism.

Read the whole thing.

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The Legion and Charism – another response to Ed Peters

Ed Peters has put together another response to the Legionaries of Christ / Regnum Christi (LC/RC) crisis, which is well worth reading. You can check it out here. Since I’m likely to be asked for a response, here’s a line-by-line:

I think that Fr. Alvaro Corcuera’s apparent claim that he knows nothing about Maciel’s behavior, except that Maciel sired a daughter, is utterly unbelievable. I have nothing else to say about this kind of stone-walling. I will simply re-endorse Dr. Germain Grisez’s and Mr. George

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Not allaying suspicion

Here’s a case study in How To Miss An Opportunity.
On June 6, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore wrote a letter to the Superior General of the Legion of Christ, imposing restrictions on the ministry of that religious institute and of the lay institute Regnum Christi within his diocese.
This is an unusual step for any bishop to take, and Abp. O’Brien was characteristically forthright about the reasons that brought him to the decision — reasons which almost brought him to banning the two organizations

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