An Associated Press report Monday incorrectly claimed that “Karl Marx” was one of Pope Francis‘s most trusted advisors.
Here was the lede to the AP’s story on the Catholic leader’s statement that the church should apologize to gays [emphasis added]:
Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.
Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Karl Marx, who told a conference in Dublin in the days after the deadly Orlando gay club attack that the church owes an apology to gays for having marginalized them.
Yeeeah, no. Cardinal Reinhard Marx is one the Pope’s closest advisors. Karl Marx is of course a 19th century intellectual and the founder of Marxism.
The error has since been fixed and a correction appended, but the Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Walther managed to get a screencap.
I interrupt my Twitter fast to share with you the genius of the American papal press corp. pic.twitter.com/3ok7LIryrN
— Matthew Walther (@matthewwalther) June 26, 2016
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