Anyone who has ever read the utter excrement that passes for religious journalism at the NY Times knows that the liberal intelligentsia there has an axe to grind with the Catholic Church for its stand on the central moral issues of our time. The media salivates at the opportunity to discredit the Church whenever the opportunity presents itself. You can’t really blame them – oh wait, yes you can – since they are merely writing to appeal to their dwindling leftist subscriber base.
If you think me an unfair judge of the rag, I encourage you to read some of their recent pieces on the Catholic Church. They are almost uniformly negative, though they do generally throw a bone to the other viewpoint to give a gloss of impartiality to their writing. Additionally, I urge you to take a moment to scroll through the responses to any religious article found there sometime, and you will discover a vast litany of vitriol against the Church that will make you sick to your stomach. Even I was astounded at the effusive hate aimed at JP II when he passed away a few years back.
It came as no shock to me that the media took aim at BXVI when the sex scandal involving pedophile priests in Ireland and Germany broke during the last few weeks. The NY Time and other media outlets have been running a series of articles intimating BXVI’s complicity in the cover-up of these sordid crimes against children. The reality of the matter is that he has scrupulously handled all of these issues according to the letter of the law. This just doesn’t fit in with the liberal media’s narrative of the Catholic Church, so they try to bend or distort facts to cast doubt on the moral integrity of the Catholic Church. It boils down to a collective ad hominem attack flowing from a visceral ideological hate for the Church’s teachings. Don’t give these schmucks the time of day or let them lead you into doubt. The Church is full of sinners, including despicable priests, and Jesus came for just such a people. That is the radical message of the infallible teachings of the Catholic Church.
Pray for our Holy Father and pray for the conversion of the press in this country and around the world, so these men and women can see the great good that the Church does and is, not just its flaws and failings.