"Pope Benedict is to rehabilitate Martin Luther," announces reporter Richard Owen in the eye-catching opening phrase of his story in the London Times.
Reports that appear in the Times often find their way into other news stories. That is unfortunate, because the Times has a track record of sensational and misleading coverage of Vatican affairs. This story provides one more example....
...Owen cites "Vatican insiders" to buttress his prediction that Pope Benedict will find Luther innocent of heresy. But who are these insiders, and where is the evidence for their remarkable prediction? You won't find those questions answered in the Times story.
Citing Cardinal Kasper again-- but, significantly, not quoting him directly-- Owen says that the Pope's statement on Luther will have a positive impact on Catholic-Protestant relations. He continues: "It is also designed to counteract the impact of July's papal statement describing the Protestant and Orthodox faiths as defective and “not proper Churches."
Wrong, wrong, and wrong...
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Benedict to rehabilitate Luther?
~Phil Lawler at CWN rebuts The Times story about a possible move by Pope Benedict to remove the charge of heresy from Martin Luther. Richard Owens, the reporter, claims this will happen at the end of the familus Ratzinger summer school.