Times is off Target
The Catholic League's president, Bill Donahue, criticized "The New York Times" for its reportage suggesting that pope Benedict facilitated the sexual abuse scandal made public in the last ten years. The Times wrote "that when the pope was cardinal Ratzinger under pope John Paul II, he was 'in charge of reviewing sexual abuse cases for the Vatican.' In doing so the Times leaves the impression that Ratzinger was in charge of overseeing these cases when the scandal developed."
"Nonsense," Donahue stated. "The Times reported on January 9, 2002, that he had just been appointed for this role. Thus, he had nothing to do with this issue at the time when most of the abuse took place (mid-60's to mid 80's). The Times has a vested ideological interest in keeping this story alive. To say it dislikes Pope Benedict XVI intensely is an understatement."
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