When PBS marked the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on its Saturday evening news program, the obituary was dominated by a fierce anti-Benedict voice railing against the former pope’s alleged neglect of sex abuse cases among Catholic clergy.
News Weekend anchor John Yang opened the show with a brute, unfriendly summing up of Benedict’s tenure:
Catholics in mourning. Pope Emeritus XVI, whose controversial reign ended with his resignation, is dead at the age of 95.
A talking-head teaser confirmed the obituary’s hostile tone: “....He left thousands if not tens of thousands of abusive priests in ministry.”
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