Irish newspapers apologize, pay ex-seminarian for false claims

Posted July 2, 2019 8:45 pm by Editor

Irish newspapers apologize, pay ex-seminarian for false claims

DUBLIN — Three Irish newspapers have apologized and paid compensation to a former seminarian after admitting they falsely claimed he was expelled from formation after being found in bed with another seminarian.

David Quinn, head of The Iona Institute — a nonprofit that promotes religious freedom and highlights anti-Catholicism in the media — said the case “raises serious questions about the sort of editorial checks and balances used in some Irish media when they are reporting on the Catholic Church.”
The original story was first carried in The Irish Times in May 2018 under the headline “Two trainee priests sent back to

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