It’s war between the Times and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York.
Archbp. Dolan has posted a strong statement on his blog about the recent mistreatment of the Pope and the Catholic by the New York Times (aka Hell’s Bible).
Among the many good points raised by Archbp. Dolan these are of particular note:
Last fall I wrote in this blog about anti-Catholicism in the New York Times and other media, providing a list of contemporary examples. A few tried to slap me back into place, suggesting that I stupidly believed the Church to be immune from scrutiny.
Baloney! The Church needs criticism; we want it; we welcome it; we do a good bit of it ourselves; we do not expect any special treatment…so bring it on.
All we ask is that it be fair and accurate.
The reporting on Pope Benedict XVI has not been so.
Farther along, Archbp. Dolan adds with my emphases and comments.
Here’s a summary of the key points:
- The New York Times relied on tort lawyers who currently have civil suits pending against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Holy See, who are aggressively supporting the radical measure right now before the Wisconsin legislature to abrogate the statute of limitations on civil cases of abuse, and who have high financial interest in the matter being reported. Hardly an impartial source… [In fact, it seems that there was very little actual investigative journalism done here. People gave things to the Times. Think of how certain types of pipes take certain types of things away from your house and into a larger pipe.]
- The documentation that allegedly supports these sensational charges is published on the website of the New York Times; rather than confirming their theory, the documents instead show that there is no evidence at all that Cardinal Ratzinger ever blocked any decision about Murphy. Even a New York Times columnist, Ross Douthat, calls this charge “unfair” in his column of March 29.
- We also find on the website a detailed timeline of all the sickening information about Murphy, data not “uncovered” by any reporter but freely released by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee a number of years back, and thoroughly covered at that time by the local media in Milwaukee. One wonders why this story, quite exhaustively reported in the past, rose again this very week. It is hardly “news.” One might therefore ask: 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.
I am glad that the former Archbishop of Milwaukee, now Archbishop of the city where the New York Times is published, has weighed in. He is uniquely positioned to raise his voice in protest against the injustice being done to the Pope and the Church in this matter.
I also appreciate that Archbp. Dolan so forcefully confirmed that the Church is in no way afraid of dealing with any cases of harm done to children. His confirmation resonates with my quote the other day from I, Claudius. We have to rid ourselves of all the "poisons that lurk in the mud".
WDTPRS sends forceful kudos to Archbishop Dolan.
I am sure you readers will, along with me say, a prayer for his spiritual support each day as this continues.
You might drop him a note.