NEW YORK TIMES ERRS IN ABUSE STORY

Catalyst July/August Issue 2011

In a recent New York Times article, Laurie Goodstein erred by saying that in the 37 cases of priests indicted by a grand jury in Philadelphia, none was brought to the attention of the review board.

Ana Maria Catanzaro, a member of the Philadelphia review board, previously said that her panel reviewed ten of the cases. Moreover, subsequent to the grand jury report, all 37 cases were reviewed by a former Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, Gina Maisto Smith, with the aid of her team, and a forensic psychiatrist. Furthermore, not all of these allegations involved sexual abuse (which Goodstein acknowledged); many involve “boundary issues.”

We issued a press release on the morning the article appeared and asked the New York Times to make the appropriate corrections. We are happy to note that two days after our request, the Times made the corrections


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