Collapsed Catholicism at NYT

Bill Keller is the self-described “collapsed Catholic” who oversaw the biased coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s handling of the abuse scandal in the pages of the New York Times. More of his bias comes out in his recent review of A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich.

Keller starts his review by accepting the claim of Norwich (who calls himself an “agnostic Protestant”) that he has “no ax to grind”; he ends the review by saying that Norwich’s views on the papacy are “clearly pro-reformation.” Keller is much enamored with the book, praising such chapters as the one “on Pius XI and Pius XII, whose fear of Communism (along with the church’s long streak of anti-Semitism) made them compliant enablers of Mussolini, Hitler and Franco. ”


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