Times apologises for saying former Pope was a ‘non-Catholic’

The Times accidentally excommunicates Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II


Is the Pope a Catholic? It’s one of those annoying smart-arse rhetorical questions, relying on the answer being obvious to make sense.

But the answer doesn’t seem so obvious to the Times newspaper, which has apologised for calling the late Pope John Paul II the ‘first non-Catholic pope in 450 years’.

The paper’s corrections box today reads:

“Karol Wojtyla [the real name of Pope John Paul II] was referred to in Saturday’s Credo column as ‘the first non-Catholic pope for 450 years’. This should, of course, have read ‘non-Italian’. We apologise for the error.

Don’t you just hate it when you accidentally excommunicate a former Pope?

Expect a hard-hitting investigation by the Times about whether woods are really used by bears for defecation.

Adam Barnett is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. Follow MediaWatch on Twitter

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4 Responses to “Times apologises for saying former Pope was a ‘non-Catholic’”

  1. Selohesra

    Hardly Media Bias – just cock-up

  2. Jon Jones.

    To be fair he never said it was media bias.

  3. Cole

    I thought it was quite funny – which was presumably the point. I don’t think right wingers like Selohestra have a sense of humour.

  4. Henry Page

    As those who believe in ‘god’ have to adopt a belief which is nothing short of outrageous fantasy, why would any serious person be interested in whether ‘JohnPaul II’ was/is a Catholic or not? Actually, it might convey a slim vestige of sanity were it to be shown that he doesn’t believe in this past its sell-by date, festering garbage.

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