A friend wrote this morning, re Has the Catholic Church changed its mind on evolution? (Of course not, and even the spiky blue airhead on cable TV can’t make it so), wanting to know what the media fuss was all about. I (O’Leary for News) replied,
Gosh, for me this is really the continuation of a conversation some of us have been having for nearly forty years: Why is religion coverage so bad? It’s been bad as long as I can remember.
I mean, bad in a special way. Not just failed opportunities but fundamental misunderstanding.
Couple brief thoughts:
– Most journalists not only aren’t religious but lack any sense of an unseen world. No one makes the effort to recruit people for the position who actually have such a sense.
– Most journalists think they know how history will turn out. The Catholic Church will end up sanctioning a laundry list of progressive objectives [feels good but doesn’t work well, however it is very un-PC to notice that fact]. So they jump on any evidence that that is supposed to be happening, inflating it out of all proportion. The only surprising thing about the recent evolution statement is that someone must – in many venues – have read the actual copy and said, Hey, wait a minute …
– They did this even during the pontificate of St. John Paul II, who was instrumental in bringing down the Soviet empire. The average religion journalist ignored that and focused on trivia. Of course. Trivia is what they do best. Maybe what they do only, in some cases.
As long as the Church is the Church, they won’t have the Pope they want. which is the same thing as saying, they will never have the Pope they want.
Life goes on.
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