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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, July 14, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.

The headline in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch manages to make a charitable gesture look sinister:

Diocese to sell bishop’s residence, use cash for anti-abortion battle

The facts: Bishop Michael McGovern of Belleville, Illinois, is going to sell his episcopal residence and use the funds to support pregnancy-help centers. Even the Post-Dispatch story (which was more balanced than the headline) acknowledged that much: “The diocese said the proceeds will be used to help pregnant women and also for other church outreach programs.” …

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