Friday, July 13, 2012

How The Media Portrays Catholicism - What a Bunch O' Loons...

The point of the following story is to make Catholics look like crazies who worship phantoms and fairies. 

How many stories about the Catholic Church are there today? They could have covered the religious freedom issues, the Legion/Regnum Christi issues, etc. 

Instead the cover Katie Holmes and this:

BTW - I am NOT saying that Mary appearing in a tree is impossible. I am saying it is highly unlikely. If you want to know more about Marian apparition - here are 10 things you ought to know.


True Texan said...

Sadly, the role of the media has become not one of informing public opinion, but of shaping it. Since the recent stand taken by our bishops against the inroads on religious freedom by our current administration, I have noticed the media taking a much more negative slant against the Church. The tactic being used here is to belittle and dismiss by ridicule, which is much easier than actually dealing with the issues.

As a Catholic from the pews, I feel a strong appreciation at our bishops' stand against infringement freedom and Pope Benedict's insistence on orthodoxy. The reason I became Catholic is because the church doesn't change with the times, it allows the times to change and remains the same.

This too shall pass. The Church has always been persecuted and always will be. Christ promised us that. How we respond from age to age indicates our willingness to carry the cross of our Lord.

Jason said...

Mary actually appears in places like Fatima and Lourdes and people just yawn; but someone can see her in tree bark or peanut butter? Whoa, stop the presses!!!

Beyond frustrating. But we encourage it when Catholics show up to this nonsense.

Cindy Willmot said...

Yes, the media does want the world to think that Catholics are a bunch of loons and Satan intentionally attacks our Blessed Mother because this is the only way he can win. However, the sad part is the faithful. They are suffering such an incredibly loss of faith in the United States that they are grasping at all kinds of straws. What is needed is a priest or bishop to start telling them who Our Blessed Mother really is and why she is not visiting us in this tree....Immaculate Heart of Mary, ora pro nobis!

Gina said...

Yes, we Catholics *are* crazy, if we are true to our faith. There is so much more to the Catholic Faith than Madonnas on trees, but the fact that these people, evidently mostly Spanish speakers, have such childlike faith and devotion actually speaks very well of them. I am sure their love and prayers to His Mother are more pleasing to Christ than our supercilious judgement of their belief. God bless them. May we grow in our Faith until we are as ignorant and loving as these people.

Brian Gill said...

I agree with True Texan: This looks like a none-too-subtle case of ridicule. I don't know if it's intentional or not: American culture has a deep and strong tradition of anti-Catholicism.

I've posted about media bias and assumptions fairly often, including:

"'Nazi Pope,' Urban Legends, Academic Standards, and the News"
(April 17, 2012)

"Fulton Sheen, Bias, and the Catholic Church"
(March 28, 2012)