Time corrects: Pope Francis did <i>not</i> reject church dogma

It's almost, er, time for Time to unveil its Person of the Year. One of the contenders is Pope Francis, who is featured in a slideshow from the magazine:

The text above the slide notes, "The first Jesuit Pontiff won hearts and headlines with his common touch and rejection of luxury."



But that's not what it initially said, as noted by the GetReligion blog. The slide originally read:

First Jesuit Pontiff won hearts and headlines with his common touch and rejection of church dogma and luxury.

The pope rejected church dogma? That's a pretty big story! Alas, it's not true. Time realized its error, fixed the copy, and appended this correction:

Correction: An earlier version of this post suggested that Pope Francis rejected some church dogma. He does not.

At GetReligion, Terry Mattingly asks, "can anyone think of a more amazing religion-beat correction during the past 12 months than this one in Time?"



As of now, I'd say this one is tops.

  • Craig Silverman

    Craig Silverman (craig@craigsilverman.ca) is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Regret the Error, a blog that reports on media errors and corrections, and trends regarding accuracy and verification.

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