Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis has defended Pope Benedict in his column in the archdiocesan weekly newspaper.
In reporting on the column, the Associated Press closed their story with this:
Critics of the church’s handling of abuse cases are citing Benedict’s tenure as head of the Vatican office charged with disciplining clergy. The office halted a mid-1990s investigation into a Wisconsin priest accused of molesting some 200 deaf boys.
Dear Associated Press: the CDF did not stop the investigation. If you’d actually do some journalism you’d know that.
It wouldn’t be that hard. Among the abundance of research & writing that has been done on this, I’ll point to a more recent one, this an article by Jimmy Akin which makes clear what the CDF did and did not do with regard to this case.
That the AP — whose stories get picked up by media outlets far & wide — would continue to make these sorts of bald assertions in the face of so much evidence to the contrary is very, very troubling. If they can botch this story this poorly, how can I trust their reporting on other issues?