NBC Apologizes for Incorrect Pope Quote

The Catholic League has accepted NBC’s apology for a headline on msnbc.com which claimed Pope Benedict XVI had molested children.

Under the article, “Losing Their Religion? Catholicism in Turmoil,” the related content subsection linked to an article title reading, “Pope Describes Touching Boys: I Went Too Far.”

According to the Catholic League, this article said nothing about the Pope but discussed a homosexual German priest who had sexual relations with males in the 1980s.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue, often a guest on MSNBC cable, demanded an apology — and got one later that day.

“NBC says the attributed quote was erroneous and they have corrected the error,” Donahue wrote in a statement to the Catholic News Agency. “We hope that whoever was responsible for this outrageous post is questioned about it and that appropriate measures are taken.”

@ChrisAriens chris.ariens@adweek.com Chris Ariens is the managing editor and director of video at Adweek.