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NEW YORK TIMES HAS INTERESTING LAYOUT CONCEPT FOR PAPAL VISIT

FITSNews – April 18, 2008 – We’re sure the New York Times wasn’t implying that Pope Benedict XVI met with 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 actually 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 1,000 individuals alleged to have been abused sexually by Catholic clergy over the last few decades – in the Boston area alone.

Incidentally, the Catholic Church spent over $600 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. 

UPDATE – Apparently the Times is now running a different photo with its story.