NEW YORK TIMES HAS INTERESTING LAYOUT CONCEPT FOR PAPAL VISIT
FITSNews – April 18, 2008 – We’re sure the New York Times wasn’t implying thatÂ Pope Benedict XVI met withÂ over 50,000 victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy in America, but somebody forgot to tell that to the newspaper’s layout department.
Although the headline above would lead you to believe otherwise, the picture beneath it is actuallyÂ from the pope’s public mass at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. yesterday – not the private, unannounced meeting he held with “several victims” of clergy abuse earlier during his inaugural U.S. visit.
Of course that 50,000 number might not far off, as Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley reportedly gave the pontiff a list of 1,000Â individualsÂ alleged to have beenÂ abused sexually by Catholic clergyÂ over the last few decades – in the Boston area alone.
Incidentally, the Catholic Church spentÂ over $600Â million on sexual abuse cases last year alone – $526 million for settlements, $60 million for legal fees and $23 million for victims’ therapy and support for accused offenders, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.Â
UPDATE – Apparently theÂ Times is now running a different photo with its story.