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Brit media attacks on Catholics sink to a new low

I have often been struck by the biased and tendentious reporting in the British media — such as the attempts of the Daily Mail to link every crime report from South Africa with the football World Cup. But this report in The Guardian surpasses even that.

Catholics angry as church puts female ordination on par with sex abuse | World news | The Guardian:

It was meant to be the document that put a lid on the clerical sex abuse scandals that have swept the Roman Catholic world. But instead of quelling fury from within and without the church, the Vatican stoked the anger of liberal Catholics and women’s groups by including a provision in its revised decree that made the ‘attempted ordination’ of women one of the gravest crimes in ecclesiastical law.

The change put the ‘offence’ on a par with the sex abuse of minors.

Hat-tip to PamBG’s Blog: If you can’t abuse a child, ordain a woman instead.

Nowhere in the Guardian article is “the document” identified. There is no possibility of reading it for oneself to see what it says. All we are given is The Guardian‘s spin on it, and the reported reactions of various people to it, though it is not clear whether they had seen “the document”, or whether they were just reacting to The Guardian‘s spin.

I don’t know whether I would agree with the content of “the document” because I haven’t seen it, and the article in The Guardian doesn’t give enough information about it to enable one to identify it and try and read it — it is as if they want to ensure that readers are exposed only to their spin on it.

To paraphrase Martin Niemoller,

First they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t protest because I wasn’t a Catholic.
Then they came for the Muslims, and I didn’t protest because I wasn’t a Muslim.

And then they came for me, and there was no one left to protest.


Someone who commented has pointed me to what appears to be “the document” referred to in the article in The Guardian — it is Substantive Norms. And having read the document it seems to me that the article in The Guardian is not merely a piece of exceptionally shoddy journalism, but is wilful and malicious misrepresentation.

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