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Church Blasts Editorial Cartoon

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Church Blasts Editorial Cartoon

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A RECENT JEFF MacNelly editorial cartoon in the Chicago Tribune "by in, nuendo insults every good priest serving in the Archdiocese of Chicago," the city's cardinal complained.

In an Oct. 9 letter to the Tribune, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, archbishop of Chicago, said that he was "saddened and offended" by that day's cartoon, which he called an "unwarranted attack on the good priests of Chicago.

"The Tribune should immediately apologize to them," Bernardin wrote.

MacNelly's cartoon showed four priests watching the singer Sinead O'Connor rip a photo of the pope on the Saturday Night Live tv show.

Three of the priests express mixtures of shock and understanding, while the fourth priest is shown with a leering grin and thinking, "Wonder what she's doing Friday night."

Bernardin and others took the cartoon as a reference to widely publicized accusations that a few Chicago archdiocesan priests sexually abused minors in their parishes.

"The overwhelming majority of priests do not engage in such behavior; they are now stained by the black ink of your newspaper. …

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