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Troy's 'Record' Apologizes for Running Priest Cartoon

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Troy's 'Record' Apologizes for Running Priest Cartoon

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Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been Page One news. Ironically, it was the demands of a front page that allowed a controversial cartoon about the scandal to slip into The Record of Troy, N.Y.

The paper apologized for what it said was a mistake in publishing the Pat Oliphant drawing, which showed a horde of lecherous priests chasing kids out of "St. Paedophilia's" church in the "annual running of the altar boys."

Record Editor Lisa Robert Lewis said she planned to pull the cartoon before the March 28 editorial page went to press. "I decided it was insensitive and inappropriate and clearly shouldn't run," she told E&P. Then, Lewis was called away to deal with a problem on the front page, and failed to pull the cartoon. "It was my responsibility and my fault that this occurred," she added.

Lewis said the paper, which has many Catholic readers, would have gotten a lot of negative response to the cartoon in any case. But the reaction increased both because Oliphant's drawing ran the day before Good Friday and a local conservative radio host railed against it. …

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