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How the New York Times Smeared Pope Francis Today

Who'd have guessed the Gray Lady would recycle attacks engineered by a left-wing wannabe dictatorship?

by
Andrew Klavan

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March 18, 2013 - 9:04 am

New York Times editors moving offices.

When Benedict XVI was pope, the New York Times ran a scurrilous, distortion-infested campaign intended to link the former Joseph Ratzinger with the awful abuse scandals that have so harmed the Catholic Church. These pieces were manifestly dishonest and substance-free when you read them through. But the Times editors know most people don’t read the articles — they read the headlines and the first paragraph.

So this morning, the pseudo-journalists at the Times began their campaign of lies against the new pope, Francis, under the damning (and damnable) headline: “Starting a Papacy, Amid Echoes of a ‘Dirty War’”:

One Argentine priest is on trial in Tucumán Province on charges of working closely with torturers in a secret jail during the so-called Dirty War, urging prisoners to hand over information. Another priest was accused of taking a newborn from his mother….

Another clergy member offered biblical justification for the military’s death flights, according to an account by one of the pilots anguished about dumping drugged prisoners out of aircraft and into the sea.

As he starts his papacy, Francis, until this month Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, faces his own entanglement with the Dirty War, which unfolded from 1976 to 1983. As the leader of Argentina’s Jesuits for part of that time, he has repeatedly had to dispute claims that he allowed the kidnapping of two priests in his order in 1976, accusations the Vatican is calling a defamation campaign.

This is just despicable, isn’t it? Lead with examples of some priests who were wicked then segue into a paragraph about the pope to make it sound like he was one of them. Really — for shame.

Reading more deeply into the story — which I did so you don’t have to — we learn that the pope’s “entanglement,” involved hiding fugitives from the government bad guys, pleading for the release of two priests, and helping one guy who looked like him escape by lending him his papers and a priest get-up. Which last is actually pretty cool. Go, Pope.

To get behind the motivation of the Times propagandists one has to turn to today’s excellent column by the Wall Street Journal’s South America columnist, Mary Anastasia O’Grady, or as I always call her, the lady with the name like a nun. Here’s Sister O’Grady explaining it all to you in her column entitled “Behind the Campaign to Smear the Pope”:

One might have expected a swell of pride from Argentine officialdom when the news broke that the nation has produced a man so highly esteemed around the world. Instead the Kirchner government’s pit bulls in journalism—men such as Horacio Verbitsky, a former member of the guerrilla group known as the Montoneros and now an editor at the pro-government newspaper Pagina 12—immediately began a campaign to smear the new pontiff’s character and reputation at home and in the international news media.

The calumny is not new. Former members of terrorist groups like Mr. Verbitsky, and their modern-day fellow travelers in the Argentine government, have used the same tactics for years to try to destroy their enemies—anyone who doesn’t endorse their brand of [leftist] authoritarianism.

Miss O’Grady goes on to quote Graciela Fernandez Meijide, who served on the national commission that investigated the Dirty War atrocities: ”Of all the testimony I received, never did I receive any testimony that Bergoglio was connected to the dictatorship.”  And later:  ”I have the impression that what bothers the current president is that Bergoglio would not get in line, that he denounces the continuation of extreme poverty.”

In other words, the New York Times has signed on to a smear campaign engineered by a left-wing wannabe dictatorship. I know: backward reels the mind in shock!

Listen, no one can blame the Times editors for holding a pre-emptive grudge against the God who will one day consign them to Malebolge, the eighth circle of hell where the liars go. It’s an unpleasant place and involves a lot of demons with big claws and so forth. But they might consider that a path yet lies open to their salvation. It’s called journalism. They might want to try it before it’s too late.

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Cross-posted from Klavan on the Culture

Andrew Klavan’s newest novel is Nightmare City.

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The Catholic Church is unambiguous that sex outside of marriage is a sin.

This is why Obama wants to force the church to pay for birth control/abortafacients. He is trying to deconstruct the church as it was handed down to St Peter by Christ, our Lord.

Very, very creepy dude. I refrain from making a stronger statement.

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I'm shocked the world system trashes a man who does not believe in Gay marriage,r abortion,r or giving false witness...

The world system loves it's own, and anyone who follows Christ will be hated by said system. Francis should be proud.

This is the first time in most of my life that I feel there is hope for the Universal Church to follow Christ. I have read about Francis, and hope what I have read is the truth. May G-d bless him, and watch over him in this world system sold out to Old Knobs agenda.
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The Daily Duranty loathes the Bible, its followers and the two countries that most represent the Old Testament and the New Testament. Israel and America.

But, they still have a little room left over for slandering the Pope.

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The opiate of the left is free range sexual congress. Like anything in life such activity has consequences -- pregnancy, abortion, HIV, disease, depression, sterility,...

The Catholic Church is unambiguous that sex outside of marriage is a sin.

This is why Obama wants to force the church to pay for birth control/abortafacients. He is trying to deconstruct the church as it was handed down to St Peter by Christ, our Lord.

Very, very creepy dude. I refrain from making a stronger statement.

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I love the new name for the NYT - Daily Duranty! :)
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i read the last tweet before the Holy Pope of Rome announce his retirement is how we are all sinners
and now I have answer to my prayers of a New Holy Pope of Rome with a new name never given to a Holy Pope of Rome and i pray great miracles come down from earth in honor of the Saints named Francis
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Looks like Al Gore's jumping on the bandwagon. According to a report this afternoon, Gore condemned the Vatican's use of smoke signals during the papal conclave last week. http://www.thedailyrash.com/al-gore-slams-vatican-over-deadly-smoke-signals
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Pope Francis is infallible, by definition. Until we don't like what he says. Then he isn't infallible.
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The Pope is only infallible (ex-cathetra) on matters of faith and morals. He is not infallible on everything.
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So, the NYT is the enemy of decency. This is news?
Let's take another run at it: Elderly Catholics, smug and passive as is so often the case, could and should have seen this coming. Instead, the author and fellow travelers choose to recoil haughtily to a familiar default: on the back foot, sniffing loudly, the living embodiment of a broken reed. Huff'n'puff lazy-assed babble about the outer circles of the inferno (wry? ironic? above your pay grade? or just pathetic?) will get you exactly nowhere. As you know.

Put bluntly, the Catholic Church has the money, power and talent to trounce a long list of NYT staffers who cannot withstand scrutiny of any kind. And Kirchner is true low-hanging fruit, a massive loser near meltdown (doubt that? -- then start by checking out her photos over the last three years). Instead, you elect to pout and whine, waffling down the familiar primrose path.

C'mon girls, is this the best you've got? Personally, I'd prefer a new crusade, against the forces of darkness everywhere. In true ecumenical spirit, how about starting every school day with a couple of verses of Onward Christian Soldiers!, right after the pledge of allegiance? You gotta know how to piss people off if you want to deliver your homily effectively. I believe Francisco does. Let's pray he can shake you all up.
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I'm shocked the world system trashes a man who does not believe in Gay marriage,r abortion,r or giving false witness...

The world system loves it's own, and anyone who follows Christ will be hated by said system. Francis should be proud.

This is the first time in most of my life that I feel there is hope for the Universal Church to follow Christ. I have read about Francis, and hope what I have read is the truth. May G-d bless him, and watch over him in this world system sold out to Old Knobs agenda.
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The Daily Duranty loathes the Bible, its followers and the two countries that most represent the Old Testament and the New Testament. Israel and America.

But, they still have a little room left over for slandering the Pope.

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Daily Duranty - it sounds just great!
I will be popularizing this.
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Owning the dominant newspaper in a metro area is a powerful franchise. I have to buy the Houston paper to find out the sports scores and the weather.
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First of all, no one who believed in God would write or publish such lies because that belief would then imply belief in Judgement for one's wrongs. And that wouldn't work at all, would it? So what we are left with is - to borrow a description from C.S. Lewis - a condemned prisoner in a dungeon who scrawls the word "Darkness" on his cell wall in the mistaken hope that it will extinguish the Sun.
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