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Friday, September 20, 2013 3:08 PM Comments (115)

"The Times said what?!"

So apparently The New York Times is so beside itself over Pope Francis' epic interview yesterday, it can't decide what it wants to say about it.

In fact, in less than 24 hours, it seems there've been at least three different headlines for the same story: an inflammatory headline, a more moderate one, and then a crazy, go-for-broke moonbat insane headline.

The original headline (still preserved in the article URL) was bad enough:

Pope Bluntly Faults Church's Focus on Gays and Abortion

After that, for some reason, in an apparent fit of moderation, a more accurate headline was substituted:

Pope, Criticizing Narrow Focus, Calls for Church as 'Home for All'

Well, of course that wouldn't do. At this writing, the current headline—apparently the one that ran in the print edition—is more ludicrously over the top than the original:

Pope Says Church Is 'Obsessed' With Gays, Abortion and Birth Control

That’s not all. The lede has changed too.

In at least some previous version the story claimed that the pope said the Church has “grown ‘obsessed’ with a limited agenda and that it should seek a ‘new balance’ to make it more welcoming.”

Now, though, the lede is much more explicit about that “limited agenda”: The pope now says that the Church has “grown ‘obsessed’ with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not to talk about those issues despite recriminations from critics.”

Well. Clearly someone’s obsessed with abortion, gay marriage and contraception. But I don’t think it’s the Church.

For the record, here is what Pope Francis actually had to say about obsession in his interview:

The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.

That’s it. That’s the only time the word “obsessed” or any cognate appeared in the entire interview. Read the whole thing for context.

Oh, by the way, did you hear about the pope “obsessing” about abortion earlier today? Not from the New York Times, you didn’t.

P.S. Jimmy Akin provides perspective.

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About Steven D. Greydanus

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Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register and Decent Films, the online home for his film writing. He writes regularly for Christianity Today, Catholic World Report and other venues, and is a regular guest on several radio shows. Steven has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including “The Church and Film” and a number of filmmaker biographies. He has also written about film for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy. He has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA. He is pursuing diaconal studies in the Archdiocese of Newark. Steven and Suzanne have seven children.