Says it erred in saying Church denied children Baptism and Christian burial.
“I never heard of such a doctrine,” said Church historian and Aleteia Board of Experts member James Hitchcock at the time. “My impression was that it was considered important to get a baby baptized as quickly as possible.”
But that aspect is only one thing that is now causing AP and other major media to issue corrections. Here is AP’s:
The AP also incorrectly reported that Catholic teaching at the time was to deny baptism and Christian burial to the children of unwed mothers; although that may have occurred in practice at times it was not Church teaching.
In addition, in the June 3 story, the AP quoted a researcher who said she believed that most of the remains of children who died there were interred in a disused septic tank; the researcher has since clarified that without excavation and forensic analysis it is impossible to know how many sets of remains the tank contains, if any.
The June 3 story also contained an incorrect reference to the year that the orphanage opened; it was 1925, not 1926.
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