February 12, 2013

Good thing Mary Magdalene isn’t around these days. If she were, she might be bringing a little complaint against the New York Times. Here’s a correction that the newspaper just published:

An article on Wednesday about the refusal by Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, to officially apologize to survivors of a Roman Catholic workhouse system that kept generations of young Irish women and girls in virtual slavery referred incorrectly to Mary Magdalene. When the system, originally known as the Magdalene Laundries, was founded in the mid-1800s, Mary Magdalene was indeed generally thought to have been a prostitute redeemed by the teachings of Christ. But biblical scholars challenged the prostitute interpretation and the Vatican abandoned it in 1969.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
Continue reading