Jack Cafferty Continues Misleading Spin on Catholic Church Scandal

By Matthew Balan | Mon, 04/05/2010 – 18:20

On Monday’s Situation Room, CNN’s Jack Cafferty continued his attack on Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church, devoting his fourth commentary in 12 days on the Church sex abuse scandal. Cafferty spun a recent comment by a high-ranking cardinal who denounced the media’s campaign of innuendo against the Pope as “petty gossip,” falsely portraying it as being about the abuse itself.

The commentator devoted his 5 pm Eastern hour “Cafferty File” segment to the scandal. After detailing the impact of the scandal in “the Pope’s native Germany,” Cafferty launched his latest spin on the Church hierarchy’s reaction to the issue:

CAFFERTY: Meanwhile, Easter Sunday has come and gone with little from the Church. The Pope passed up yet another opportunity to address the scandal in his address. But we did get this: while defending the pope, one top Vatican cardinal denounced- quote, ‘petty gossip,’ unquote. That’s what he called the accusations of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests- ‘petty gossip.’

First of all, Pope Benedict XVI has addressed this scandal, not just in recent days. There’s his pastoral letter from two weeks ago on the sex abuse in Ireland, where he noted the “often inadequate response” and apologized to the victims there. Exactly two years ago this month, during his visit to the United States, the pontiff held a private meeting with some of the victims of the abuse. He addressed the scandal during his homily at a Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. During a later trip that year to Australia, he apologized for the sex abuse in that country as well. More

Matthew Balan’s blog is at Newsbusters.org. Matthew is a news analyst at the Media Research Center. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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