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Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Wanderer Retractions

It is very important to speak the truth, and if falsehood is stated, willingly or unwillingly, it is important to retract it. So I applaud The Wanderer for retracting any false statements it made. The statements appeared in stories written by Ms. Montesino de Stuart. I've said before that Ms. Montesino de Stuart's writing is sometimes a little over-exuberant for my tastes, and I wonder whether this over-exuberance sometimes leads her to make statements that are too conclusory to be indisputably supported by fact. Ms. Montesino de Stuart, I believe you read this blog, so please consider this advice I respectfully offer: I admire your drive as an investigative reporter, but perhaps moderation in your tone would be useful, not only to protect against statements which might not be entirely supported by fact but also to present a more persuasive argument to your readers.

Now since I haven't read the problematic articles and can't find them online, I don't know exactly what was false, but I again applaud The Wanderer for correcting its mistakes. There seem to be two problems with the articles: statements that AMU is aggressively recruiting non-Catholics and statements that abortion could be permissible in Ave Maria Town. I don't quite understand the last one. Apparently, the falsehood is that abortion is not permissible in Ave Maria Town because certain covenants prohibit it. But didn't we already know about the covenants, and isn't the problem rather that the covenants probably won't withstand constitutional challenges, as Professor Rice argues?

UPDATE: I believe these are the problematic articles: 1, 2, 3, 4.

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