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Cardinal Accuses U.S. Media of Nazi Tactics
"A leading Latin American cardinal, considered a possible successor to Pope John Paul II, has attacked the US media for what he called Stalinist and Nazi tactics against the Catholic Church in their coverage of child sex scandals.

In an interview with the Roman Catholic monthly magazine 30 Giorni (30 Days), Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga accused much of the US media of being anti-Catholic and of persecuting the Church in their cover of the pedophilia scandals."

This doesn't seem like the best thing to be saying if you're a possible successor to the Pope. I'm sure I'm not the only person who is getting his first impression of Cardinal Maradiaga from this story, and it's not a good impression. Being an effective world leader -- especially in the single most respected office in the world -- requires diplomacy that's distinctly lacking here.


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