John Allen apologises to misquoted cardinal

Journalist John L. Allen, Jr., has apologised to South African Cardinal Wilfred Napier after the latter was misquoted in a Crux story.

The story included a quote by Cardinal Napier seemingly challenging the right of Pope Francis to appoint members of a commission to draft the synod on the family’s final document.

But after Cardinal Napier protested, examination of a recording of an interview he gave revealed a journalist was speaking while the cardinal was saying a key word.

Cardinal Napier was stressing he was not challenging the Pope’s right to appoint members.

The quote was removed from the story after the cardinal’s protest.

While Allen did not write the article, he oversaw its publication and had listened to the interview before the story went public.

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