Church in the World
Paper apologises for archbishop?s article
- 17 March 2007
Embarrassing similarities have been found between an article written by an archbishop and a book review in a British fortnightly literary magazine, prompting the newspaper that published the archbishop's article to issue an apology, writes Mark Brolly.
The Australian newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch, published the following brief notice on 27 February: "On Saturday February 24, The Weekend Australian published a review by Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion.
"It has since been discovered that the archbishop's review contained some similar content to a review of Dawkins' book by Terry Eagleton published in The London Review of Books in October. The Australian regrets that this occurred.''
Archbishop Coleridge, who worked in the Vatican's Secretariat of State and was an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne before becoming Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn last year, was unavailable for comment.