It’s been impossible to escape this week’s media coverage of the pope’s comments about condoms and male prostitutes. There has been a lot of debate about what he really said in the German original and about the quality of the translations into English and Italian. I thought there might be some interesting language-on-the-move problem à la “What did Chancellor Merkel really say?” involved and went to investigate. However, it turns out that it’s obscure in whichever language you look at it.
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