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And you thought the pope was a Catholic

[13 Aug 2015] A popular put-down of someone who states the obvious is to ask ‘Is the pope a Catholic?’. 

But the Times newspaper threw some doubt on this on 8 August when its Credo column referred to Karol Wojtyla as ‘the first non-Catholic pope for 450 years’.

The announcement was very low key but shockwaves must have reverberated through the Church. How had this scandal been kept so quiet? Eventually, though, it became clear that the Times had meant to say that the pope, a Pole, was the first non-Italian pope for 450 years. Back to sleep, everybody.

For other proofreading errors that chill the blood, see the Oxford Guide to Plain English (2013). 

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