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LifeSite responds to statement by Cardinal Burke

LifeSite has never claimed to be perfect and we’re not. We’re just doing the best we can to provide the truth.
Tue Jun 25, 2019 - 6:44 pm EST

June 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – News is circulating the Catholic world today about a press release issued by Cardinal Raymond Burke – whom we love dearly at LifeSite.

Cardinal Burke issued a statement today critiquing an article LifeSite published on Monday which was up for about an hour before being pulled. 

The article was about a meeting Steve Bannon held with French author Frederic Martel, the homosexual activist and author of the highly controversial book In the Closet of the Vatican. LifeSite revealed that the two met to discuss Bannon making a film based on Martel’s book. We confirmed the details of the meeting with both Bannon and Martel before publishing.

However, the article also indicated Cardinal Burke’s work with Benjamin Harnwell, who set up the meeting with Bannon and Martel. And a clumsily worded sentence may have been read by some as indicating that Cardinal Burke had something to do with the meeting between Bannon and Martel.

We did not intend to convey that at all and pulled the story based on concerns over lack of clarity. We did not think to contact Cardinal Burke to verify the story because it had nothing to do with him. 

We regret any harm to His Eminence that may have come from our mentioning his name.  

At LifeSite we’ve always been willing to make corrections when we’ve got things wrong, or even left things unclear. We have never claimed to be perfect and we’re not. We’re just doing the best we can to provide the truth. 

We’ve been serving the faith, life and family movements for some 23 years. We will continue to do so to the best of our abilities. We love the truth because we love the Author of Truth. Our aim is to ultimately point everyone to The Truth with a capital T.

So we offer our apologies to and a pledge of prayers for Cardinal Burke.


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