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Says translation was misleading

To the editor:

Your lead CNS news story for February, “Rome offers hope For Obama”, contained a quote from “an Italian newspaper” by Archbishop Rino Fisichella: “We’re a short step away from disappointment.” The quote referred to President Obama’s reversal of the Mexico City Policy. The “Italian newspaper” was Corriere della Sera and, having read the Italian, it is difficult for me to see how CNS arrived at that translation. Translations I have seen which seem more accurate are “with all due respect, it seems to me that the path toward disappointment has been very short,” from EWTN.

Other Vatican quotes on the same issue I have seen follow: Archbishop Rigali told Corriere, “What is important is to know how to listen … without locking oneself into ideological visions with the arrogance of a person who, having the power, thinks they can decide on life and death.” and “I do not believe that those who voted for him took into consideration ethical themes, which were astutely left aside during the election debate. The majority of the American population does not take the same position as the president and his team.” “Among the many good things that he could have done, Barack Obama instead has chosen the worst.”

And again from EWTN, Archbishop Elio Sgreccia, the retired president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told the Italian news agency ANSA that the president’s move “deals a harsh blow not only to us Catholics, but to all the people across the world that fight against the slaughter of innocents that is carried out with abortion.”

The CNS article understated the Vatican’s “disappointment” with President Obama’s decision.

Joe Hall


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