Cardinal Burke sets record straight regarding major misrepresentation in earlier interview

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Here is what Cardinal Burke actually said:

“I can’t speak for the pope and I can’t say what his position is on this, but the lack of clarity about the matter has certainly done a lot of harm.”

What BuzzFeed reported:

“According to my understanding of the church’s teaching and discipline, no, it wouldn’t be correct,” Burke said, saying the pope had “done a lot of harm” by not stating “openly what his position is.”

(Emphasis added in both cases).

Cardinal Burke was clear, in what he actually said, that in his opinion a general lack of clarity regarding the Pope’s position had caused harm to the Church. BuzzFeed’s more sensationalist rearrangement of this text identifies the Pope himself as the cause of the harm. The difference is of course important.

While this does lessen the impact, the fact remains that confusion reigned during the Synod and the Holy Father has the ultimate responsibility in ensuring that the message is controlled.

Still, Buzzfeed just lost a lot of credibility.

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