TWO QUESTIONS!!!! One, was this filming in Ireland for EWTN? If so, was he working with the one and only Paul MacAree? Secondly, why didn't he let us know beforehand? We would have turned out with flags and bunting :-) (I'm only half kidding about the flags etc.)
Farther Barron is being naive and somewhat paranoid - what the author of what he regards as a vicious attack on the only true Christian Church is not that at all. The context of the remark is clear: Who would have immagined that Catholicism could be so interesting only could mean that Catholics tend to be squeaky good clean citizens and seldom do anything as uproariously notorious as poor Mel is reported to be by a notoriously often wrong press. Father is showing that he is somewhat out of it and a little too paranoid - the world sees us as somewhat boring, not fodder for juicy news stories!
As a Catholic I find all of this anti-Catholicism insignificant. I work and live with many non-Catholics who have great respect for Catholicism. I frequently haer comments such as "I could be a Catholic" or "I was raised Catholic and I miss it".I believe those who bash Catholicism are trying to justify whatever it is they believe. They can't feel comfort in their own religion unless they can bring Catholicism down to a competitive level and they seek others to support it. I'll take that as a compliment and be on my way.
Hal said: :Farther Barron is being naive and somewhat paranoid - what the author of what he regards as a vicious attack on the only true Christian Church is not that at all." Well, Hal, Father is neither naive nor paranoid. I worked in commercial radio in Australia for more than 30 years and was a columnist in a major City daily newspaper for about 15 years. I know the media (as much as it knows me). This is precisely the kind of anti-Catholic prejudice that Father sees it to be. But the same people who write or say this stuff get very upset when you refer to Mao, Stalin, Lenin or Pol Pot and suggest that atheism per se is the cause of their egregiously vicious behaviour. We need to be as vigilant and perceptive as Father. Irish media is virulently anti-Catholic. Every time I go to Ireland Irish media antagonism to Catholicism is palpable.
@hal: You make some interesting points, but Father is correct in his assessment of the secular media's treatment of Catholicism. He's not "naive" or "out of it" either. He knows his stuff.
MEL GIBSON IS NOT CATHOLIC! He is a schismatic and a sedevacantist, or at least a sedeprivationist. While Fr. Barron is correct about the bigotry, Gibson is no more Catholic than Luther or Cranmer.
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