The NY Times Embarrassing Easter Correction

In a story about the Pope published on Easter Sunday the NY Times betrayed it’s ignorance of the holiday.

The story contained this line which was intended to describe the meaning of Easter to readers, “Easter is the celebration of the resurrection into heaven of Jesus, three days after he was crucified, the premise for the Christian belief in an everlasting life.” The Times has since added a correction at the bottom of the piece which reads:

An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the Christianholiday of Easter. It is the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection fromthe dead, not his resurrection into heaven.

Granted, the details of theological beliefs can often seem obscure to those who haven’t spent much time absorbing them, but this isn’t exactly the deep end of the doctrine pool. The meaning of Easter among Christians is probably the least obscure and least contentious concept one could identify. How does someone whose beat includes the Pope not know this?