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Body of Christ Attacked by Media

  03/31/10 06:14, by jsignal, Categories: life with god

Just in time for the remembrance of Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday, the Catholic Church, the "Body of Christ," is being attacked in especially absurd fashion by the media. This misbehavior by the media needs to be opposed by all citizens of our country. Read on for my rambling thoughts on this matter - it affects us all.

Every day, it seems, the Bismarck Tribune (along with every other paper in the country) reprints stories from the Associated Press about the Catholic Church, sexual scandals, and child abuse. I am well educated about how the Church functions, about the cold hard facts regarding sexual and child abuse in the Church and elsewhere. And I know the importance of media for the functioning of a fairly democratic country, such as our United States. The mainstream media is not presenting you with the facts, and you should protest at being lied to.

When the people are gravely misinformed, they cannot make educated decisions. Policy, rights, and society as a whole suffers tremendously from poor (or malicious) reporting and ignorance. And it's not just the ignorance or maliciousness that angers me. Have you ever tried to contact an Associated Press reporter? All you can do is contact a generic e-mail address that their web site promises will forward your comment on to the reporter. I have no hope that my messages will actually be received. When we can't criticize or protest injustices in the media, it gets all the more dangerous.

We have a duty to ensure our media is being at least somewhat fair, or not used as a weapon by differing ideologies and agendas.

I made a mistake this morning in reading another Associated Press article during my breakfast, before my prayer time. The article was mindlessly parroted by the Bismarck Tribune. The article in question does not present the facts, but rather focuses on the controversy that has arisen by the misrepresentation of the facts while failing to present them as errors. Thus, it fuels the fire. Many people now feel that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI is a pedophile himself or that he enables them. Never mind that the media does not know the definition of "pedophile," which most offenders are not, or that there is an objective truth out there that could have been reported.

As I tried to pray after breakfast, I was becoming more angry at the media. But then it occurred to me that I should not be surprised that the body of Christ (the Church) is unjustly persecuted during Holy Week. The reading at Mass and in Morning Prayer for today spoke to this effect, saying "The Lord God opens my ear that I may hear; And I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame" (Isaiah 50:4-7).

It also occurred to me that there is nothing new under the sun. The Church has been unjustly persecuted severely through the centuries. It will survive, despite what the media suggests. How are we, as Catholics and Christians, to respond to this unjust persecution by the media? A few things come to mind. We should not become angry. We should accept these attacks on the Body of Christ as a share in His cross. But we should also oppose corruption, bias, and misrepresentation of the Truth in the media. When you encounter an article that you truly know is wrong, and you can defend your position that it is wrong, write letters to the editor. Write to the reporter directly. Oppose misinformation. And finally, pray for those who work in media. They have tremendous power to do good, or to do evil, by virtue of their work. Keeping them honest, whether you're Catholic or not, will benefit our society as a whole.

With that in mind, what really happened to inspire this flurry of media attacks on the Pope? What are the facts? Jimmy Akin, who is a respected Catholic writer for the National Catholic Register and Catholic Answers, wrote a helpful blog recently. Here is an excerpt:

I am not saying that the Holy See?s handling of abuse cases can?t be legitimately criticized. I?m not saying that then-Cardinal Ratzinger/now-Pope Benedict XVI didn?t experience a learning curve on this point. And I don?t know what else is out there that remains to be discovered. But I am saying that the media is getting this story wrong, particularly in the case of Fr. Lawrence Murphy, the American priest whose case was dealt with by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith when Cardinal Ratzinger was its head. The New York Times has done a great service to those wanting to look into this story by putting online a large number of primary source documents pertaining to the case. No doubt they mean these to incriminate Pope Benedict, but if you read them carefully?and if you know the relevant background?they don?t.

Read the rest of the blog entry, entitled "Cardinal Ratzinger an Evil Monster?"

And for more excellent commentary on the media misdeeds regarding the Holy Father and the Church, from the horse's mouth, so to say, please take time to read these letters that very clearly explain the FACTS of the case of Fr. Murphy:

And for the most blatant media bias (or rather, fraud) I have ever seen, watch this Youtube video that exposes the absurd media coverage by CNN, Newsweek, and others of the Pro-Life March in Washington, D.C.:

I know what is reported in that Youtube video is true, because I know the busloads of people from Saint Louis who make the pilgrimage every year to D.C. Perhaps next year, I will go myself.

-Jason

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What a fabulous article Jason, well done!!!

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