Here’s the deal.
The New York Times believes that it should have a veto over who is the archbishop of New York.
If they don’t get their way, they start a newspaper campaign against the guy. Archbishop Timothy Dolan is one of Pope Benedict’s appointees. He will stand for none of this child abuse stuff. And so, the Times is attacking him, trying very feebly to infer that he is soft on child abuse. But in fact, Benedict and his allies are the ones stamping out child abuse.
As an auxiliary Roman Catholic bishop, Dolan was criticized for his handling of Roman Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct, accused of being on a “witch hunt” to dismiss abusive priests.
Dolan was going after them so hard, that he was accused of being on a witch hunt against them.
But now, the Times is trying to peddle the opposite story – that somehow, somewhere, somebody says he isn’t.
Dolan basically came out and said the Times was peddling nonsense when it launched its creepy little jihad against the Pope recently. The attacks didn’t work – the truth got out about Benedict – that he is actually the one man who works the hardest to get rid of the perverts – and a poll showed Benedict was MORE popular after the attacks. But, Dolan has to pay for his defense of the Pope. And so the dirty focus of the New York Times comes his way now.
Levada defended the Pope; and a little later the Times published an article sliming him. Dolan defends the Pope, and a little later the Times publishes an article sliming him. You can see the game the Times is playing here. They are simply threatening anyone who dares to knock down their half baked theories. It’s the dirtiest thing ever done in newspaper history. Meanwhile, the Times lets real abusers slink off into the sunset, and sometimes even writes glowing articles about them.
If you expose the dirty little journalistic lies of the Times, they have decided to make you look like a child abuser, or the helper of child abusers.
Isn’t it interesting how the Times is not interested in the slightest in bishops who are gay, and who have some of the very worst records of abuse in their archdioceses? They float by scot free, and in fact are given heavenly treatment. But when it comes to conservative bishops who are cleaning up the church, they publish article after article attacking them.
After going on for muliple paragraphs about how Dolan supposedly backed a priest rather than supported the accuser in one case, the Times inserts this quickly and moves on:
Litigation unearthed [the accuser’s] childhood psychiatric records, which reported tendencies to lie and to blame others.
You see, in the newspaper business it’s all about making allegations and then covering up the exculpatory information.
The Times reported that Dolan defended the Pope on Palm Sunday and inferred the Times was unfair, but they somehow always seem to forget this bit:
Archbishop Timothy Dolan strongly defended Pope Benedict against charges the pontiff helped cover up cases of child abuse, winning a standing ovation from parishioners at Palm Sunday Mass.
No one has been more vigorous in cleansing the Church of the effects of this sickening sin than the man we now call Pope Benedict XVI. The dramatic progress that the Catholic Church in the United States has made — — documented again just last week by the report made by independent forensic auditors — — could never have happened without the insistence and support of the very man now being daily crowned with thorns by groundless innuendo.
“Does the Church and her Pastor, Pope Benedict XVI, need intense scrutiny and just criticism for tragic horrors long past?
“Yes! He himself has asked for it, encouraging complete honesty, at the same time expressing contrition, and urging a thorough cleansing.
“All we ask is that it be fair, and that the Catholic Church not be singled-out for a horror that has cursed every culture, religion, organization, institution, school, agency, and family in the world.
“Sorry to bring this up … but, then again, the Eucharist is the Sunday meal of the spiritual family we call the Church. At Sunday dinner we share both joys and sorrows. The father of our family, il papa, needs our love, support, and prayers.”