Cardinal Cipriani Banned from Newspaper for Plagiarism

In August, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, archbishop of Lima, was banned from the pages of the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio for two articles that plagiarized text from Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) and Pope Paul VI. In a message to the newspaper, Cipriani admitted that clearer citations would have been preferable, but he said that papal statements were part of church heritage and thus did not follow the usual rules of intellectual property.

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