In his GUESTVIEW op-ed article published on FaithWorld on Tuesday, Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J. accused the London Catholic weekly The Tablet of sensationalism for its reporting of recent comments by Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn about the sexual abuse crisis and possible Church reforms. The Tablet has issued the following response, which will appear in its May 15 issue:
Fessio accuses The Tablet of sensationalism
The founder and editor of Ignatius Press has condemned The Tablet’s reporting of a press conference late last month given by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna. In a guest contribution to the Reuters news agency’s FaithWorld blog, Fr Joseph Fessio SJ accused The Tablet of sensationalism.
The Tablet’s Vienna correspondent, Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, reported Cardinal Schönborn as saying that Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, had “deeply wronged” the victims of sexual abuse when on Easter Day he dismissed media reports of the scandal as “petty gossip”.
The Tablet report said that Cardinal Schönborn had “launched an attack” on Cardinal Sodano.
Fr Fessio said: “Cardinal Schönborn did not ‘launch an attack’, as The Tablet states; he made a criticism.” He added that The Tablet’s report was “typical of the treatment the pope, Cardinal Schönborn and the Church have been receiving at the hands of a sensationalist press”.