- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 9, 2002

Top cardinal attacks U.S. media on scandal
ROME A leading Latin American cardinal, considered a possible successor to Pope John Paul II, has attacked the U.S. media for what he called Stalinist and Nazi tactics against the Catholic Church in the coverage of sex-abuse scandals.
In an interview with the Roman Catholic monthly magazine 30 Giorni (30 Days), Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga accused much of the American media of being anti-Catholic and of persecuting the Church in their cover of the pedophilia scandals.
He accused Ted Turner, vice chairman of AOL Time Warner Inc. and founder of CNN news network, of being "openly anti-Catholic," according to advance excerpts of the interview released by 30 Giorni ahead of publication next week.
The article seemed to be part of concerted efforts by Catholic media in Italy to take a stand against U.S. criticism of the Church ahead of a meeting in Dallas this week among American bishops to discuss sex abuse of children by priests.

'Genuine faker' forges new art career
LONDON A convicted forger who conned the world's greatest art experts for years is scheduled to have his own exhibition of fakes a British gallery owner said.
Alan Elkin approached master faker John Myatt on his release from prison in 1999 and arranged to put on a show at his gallery in Warwick, central England.
The exhibition is due to open in September but has already generated much interest, with several pieces sold in advance for between $370 and $3,700.
"The response we've had has been unbelievable," Mr. Elkin said Friday. "There are a lot of people out there who can fake pictures, but what buyers want is a John Myatt fake."
Myatt achieved notoriety when it emerged at his trial that he had got away with forging "lost" works by 20th-century masters for the best part of a decade.

First annulment granted for homosexual union
OLDENBURG, Germany Less than a year after Germany sanctioned a form of "marriage" for homosexual couples, a court on Friday granted the first annulment of such a relationship.
The superior court in the western city of Oldenburg said two men who had registered a "life partnership" late last year before a notary public had separated in March after repeated arguments about infidelity.
The court said neither of the two men, aged 27 and 50, had applied for alimony.
The law introduced last July confers certain rights to members of officially recognized homosexual couples, such as adoption of the spouse's family name, the right to make bequests and inherit, and social security rights.

Weekly notes
French Justice Minister Dominique Perben dismissed a call from a lawmaker to ban "Scream," a Hollywood slasher trilogy that a 17-year-old boy said inspired him to stab a schoolmate to death. Mr. Perben said it was illegal to withdraw such films in France once they had been released. Belgium's Princess Liliane, the 85-year-old widow of wartime King Leopold III, who abdicated after accusations that he collaborated with the Nazis, died Friday after a long illness.


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