NY archbishop questions media scandal coverage

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 5:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 5:31 p.m.

NEW YORK — New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan says he wonders if the media's coverage of the scandals rocking the Catholic church has "an agenda of bias."

Dolan, in an appearance on WNYW Fox 5's "Good Day New York" on Thursday, said the issue of sex abuse is everywhere and questioned why the church was being singled out.

Dolan said the church has made tremendous progress over the last 20 years combating the problem.

He acknowledged that some bishops "were less than rigorous in trying to root out" the abuse. But he defended Pope Benedict XVI against accusations he aided cover-ups of reports of child abuse. He said no one has been more rigorous in trying to cleanse the church of "this horror."

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