On March 11 2013, CathNews carried an article “Cardinal Pell out of papal race after lobbying, say reports”, which repeated comments made in print and online editions of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
The comments made in the Fairfax press, which were repeated and republished by hyperlink in CathNews, contained factual inaccuracies and made unfair, false and seriously defamatory allegations about Cardinal Pell, who has worked hard to eradicate the evil of sexual abuse.
Upon being made aware of the inaccuracies in its article, CathNews retracted the article and removed it from its website. The article should never have been published and certainly not in a CathNews bulletin.
CathNews sincerely and unreservedly apologises to His Eminence for the hurt caused by this article.
DR PAUL COLLINS APOLOGY TO CARDINAL PELL