Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

December 31, 2004

Lost in Translation

Filed under: — Different River @ 12:35 pm

For those of you following the story (below, second half of story) on the Vatican allegedly condeming Israel for refusing to help Sri Lanka after The Wave, when in fact Israel had offered such aid but Sri Lanka had refused it….

Rest easy, it might have all been a translation error.

Meryl Yourish and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein are reporting that the Catholic World News is retracting the story, blaming it on a translation error. In other words, the Vatican didn’t condemn Israel for something it didn’t do after all. They condemned Sri Lanka for declining Israeli assistance, which Sri Lanka did do. More here.

I told you this didn’t sound like today’s Vatican….

Unfortunately, reversing something in translation does sound like today’s journalists….

One Response to “Lost in Translation”

  1. R' Adlerstein's Catholic Acquaintance Says:

    I smell a rat over at Catholic World News. The L’Osservatore Romano’s daily edition comes out only in Italian. You bet CWN has capable translators on staff. The weasley way they are posting their correction is further evidence of their intent.

    By the same token, I’m appalled at the number of organizations, Jer Post, JINSA, ADL, etc, that simply went with the CWN story w/o checking the facts themselves. Why was there a rush to slam the Vatican before checking out the story? For example, Mona Charen’s editorial on Townhall.com is entitled “The Serpent Spits Venom.” (http://www.townhall.com/columnists/monacharen/mc20041231.shtml) She concludes,”Don’t hold your breath for apologies. . . .” Does she speak for herself?

    Front Page Magazine also embarrasses itself by asking questions about the Vatican newspaper that it should be asking about itself (scroll down): http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=16480

    Peace won’t come between Christians and Jews until everyone, Catholics foremost, begins to act responsibly.

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