Catholic paper gets Vatican-watcher’s view on abuse crisis

Sandro Magister (CNS/Paul Haring)

Our Sunday Visitor editor John Norton today published a commentary on the sex abuse crisis from veteran Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister. Headlined “Decoding accusations against Pope Benedict,” the article for the April 18 edition of the national Catholic newspaper includes a broadside at The New York Times for what Magister considers a double standard in how the newspaper reports on the church, comparing its story last month on the accusations of a “coverup” by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the case of an abusive Wisconsin priest to other reporting it has done on similar issues.