December 31, 2004


Vatican paper raps Sri Lanka on Israeli aid (correction) (, 12/30/04)

The following is a corrected version of a story that appeared on earlier this week, in which a crucial error in translation caused a serious misinterpretation of the news. CWNews apologizes for the error.

Vatican, Dec. 28 ( - The Vatican newspaper has denounced a decision by Sri Lanka to reject emergency aid offered by the Israeli government. Sri Lanka declined the Israeli aid because it would have been furnished by a military team.

Calling for "a radical and dramatic change of perspective" among people "too often preoccupied with making war," L'Osservatore Romano chastised the government of the stricken Asian nation for putting unnecessary restrictions on an Israeli offer to furnish medical help.

This was one of those stories that revealed much about those who grasped at the original in order to bash Catholics and nothing about the Vatican.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 31, 2004 10:07 AM

This leaves me wondering how that kind of mistranslation occurred. A bit of bias somewhere in the reporting chain?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at December 31, 2004 2:38 PM