Last month, the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn held a gathering of newspaper editors at his offices in Vienna. The purpose of the gathering was primarily to educate the assembled journalists on aspects of church teaching as well as to address what the Catholic Church in Austria is doing to address the problem of priests who have sexually abused the young.
Given what was ultimately reported in The Times (London) and in Britain’s left-leaning Catholic magazine The Tablet, it would seem that one of the church’s highest ranking theologians had endorsed long-term gay relationships as well as called for a reevaluation of the Church’s teachings on marriage and divorce. This would indeed be shocking, given that Cardinal Schönborn had edited the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a one-volume summation of what the Catholic Church teaches and believes. It was also alleged that he had publicly slammed Angelo Cardinal Sodano, former Vatican Secretary of State.
According to Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, a former doctoral student of Pope Benedict XVI and a close collaborator of Cardinal Schönborn’s, the cardinal’s comments were wildly taken out of context. You can read Father Fessio’s comments here.
The American conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh loves to refer to the mainstream media as the drive-by media. Here may be another reason why they deserve that epithet.