In a post last week, I reported on inaccuracies in a New York Times story on the U.S. bishops' position on health care reform. The Times has corrected that story twice, and also published a clarification letter on Sunday from Bishop William Murphy and Cardinal Justin Rigali. Today Don Clemmer on the USCCB Media Blog further takes the paper to task for the article.
Here's a portion of the post:
"The New York Times article was also the first in a succession of news stories and other coverage that depicted the U.S. bishops as divided on, or simply opposed to health care. These stories also quote subsequent statements from Fargo Bishop Samuel Aquila, Rockford, Ill. Bishop Thomas Doran, Kansas City, Kan. Archbishop Joseph Naumann and Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo. Bishop Robert Finn.
"Rather than get into a point-by-point analysis of the arguments of each bishop, I'd much rather do some oversimplication of my own and say that this is ultimately about the richness of Catholic teaching. All of the bishops' statements, including such examples listed above that raise serious red flags about current health care proposals, government intervention in health care, etc., speak to the value of health care and the worthiness of the goal of reforming it."
To read the full USCCB post, click HERE.