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Media Coverage of the Catholic Church: Executive Summary - Center for Media and Public Affairs

The public image of social groups and the institutions depends heavily on their portrayal in the news media. Given the long history of anti-Catholic prejudice in American society, it is especially important that the media present a fair and balanced portrayal of the Catholic Church. To provide an independent assessment of the media's performance, a scientific study of news coverage was conducted by the Center for Media and Public Affairs. Here is a summary of their findings.  Read more...

Media Stunned at Election of a Catholic as Pope - Jeremy Robb

Media outlets around the globe panicked after learning that a Catholic had been elected as the new pope. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, has been described by the world media as a "hardline conservative" who believes in all major aspects of Catholic faith and doctrine.   Read more...

Media: Just say no . . . to Moses - Mollie Hemingway

It usually happens during Holy Week each year — a new rash of media pieces attempting to undermine miraculous stories about Jesus and his life.   Read more...

Men without chests - James Bemis

Every once in a while, a bit of truth sneaks through the Big Media’s politically correct filters. When it does, it usually offers a telling blow against the latest Groupthink.  Read more...

Missionary for Islam - Daniel Pipes

What would be the single best way to convert lots of Americans to Islam? Forget print, go to film. Put together a handsome documentary with an original musical score that presents Islam's prophet Muhammad in the most glowing manner, indeed, as a model of perfection.  Read more...

Morality vs. Sanctimoniousness - Thomas Sowell

There are so many substitutes used in our society - substitutes for eggs, substitutes for wood, substitutes for diamonds - that perhaps we should not be too surprised to find substitutes for morality as well.  Read more...

More imaginary papal wars - Mollie Hemingway

What often doesn't get much media attention is what the Holy Father has to say, but what received world-wide media attention last week were remarks that Pope Benedict XVI never made.  Read more...

News that's fit to print - Father George Rutler

One assumes that The New York Times would have been glad to receive an Op-Ed article from the new Archbishop of New York.   Read more...

Not "new sins" but an old media blind spot - Philip Lawler

When he finished his interview with L'Osservatore Romano, Archishop Gianfranco Girotti probably thought that his main message had been an appeal to Catholics to use the sacrament of Confession. Little did he know that the English-language news media would play the interview as a newly revised list of sins.   Read more...

Objectivity in Journalism - David Brooks

The real core of journalism is objectivity — seeing the truth whole and being fair about it. Thus the answer to liberal bias is not conservative bias. It is objectivity.  Read more...

Parents v. Television — Seven Steps to Sure Victory - Randall Murphree

Pre-season hype last fall boasted that the major networks were going to push the envelope this television season with more profanity and more graphic sexual content. By and large, they have delivered on those promises. Here are a few strategies a conscientious family can use to gain control over television.  Read more...

Pius attacked for not confronting evil, Benedict attacked for confronting evil - Dennis Prager

The attacks on Pope Benedict XVI may help shed new light on some of the motives for the attacks on Pius XII.  Read more...

Pope Francis: The Good, the Baffling, and the Unclear - Carl Olson

A sense of humor and a sense of perspective are both helpful when pondering the recent interviews given by Pope Francis.  Read more...

Radio Daze: Is Dr. Laura's talk show good for Catholics? - Mark Lowery

I have mixed feelings about radio personality Dr. Laura Schleshinger. I like listening to her program, but there's something that really bugs me (and a number of my friends) about her style of answering questions and her answers to some questions. Would you please comment?  Read more...

Religion and the News Media: A Theologian Reflects - AVERY DULLES

The Church has not been conspicuously successful in its relations with the press.  Read more...

Religion is no pyjama party - Father Raymond J. de Souza

It is a commonplace that the mainstream media just doesn't "get it" when it comes to covering religion. Even so, every so often something so embarrassing makes it to air that one suspects it was made entirely without adult supervision.  Read more...

Religion, Journalism, and the New American Orthodoxy - Charles J. Chaput

In an address delivered before the Religion Newswriters Association, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver commended America's journalists of religion and challenged them to approach their important work with integrity, fairness, and humility.  Read more...

Religion, Rhetoric, and the Presidency - Michael Gerson

We couldn’t think of anyone better in the country to talk about religion and the presidency than the president’s own speechwriter. As many of you know, Michael Gerson has received high praise from people across the political spectrum for his speechwriting. We are delighted in light of his very busy schedule that he could join us today and talk to us about this topic. Thank you, Michael.  Read more...

Remembering Oriana - Patrick Luciani

Today, Oriana Fallaci would have celebrated her 78th birthday.  Read more...

Reporters and the church - Rev. Richard John Neuhaus

As you might imagine, I spend a good deal of time talking with reporters. I usually don’t mind it. It comes with the territory.  Read more...

Reporting From the Trenches: The New Catholic Media - Mark Shea

Thanks to the Internet, anyone can become a pundit. Mark Shea looks at the opportunity this creates for Catholics who want their voices heard.  Read more...

Rise of the Evangelical Catholic Bishops - George Weigel

When Pope Benedict XVI appointed the archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.Cap., as the new archbishop of Philadelphia on July 19, the usual suspects were trotted out to say the usual things that the usual suspects say.  Read more...

Scoundrel Time(s) - George Weigel

In a pattern exemplifying the dog's behavior in Proverbs 26:11, the sexual abuse story in the global media is almost entirely a Catholic story, in which the Catholic Church is portrayed as the epicenter of the sexual abuse of the young, with hints of an ecclesiastical criminal conspiracy involving sexual predators whose predations continue today.   Read more...

Searching for one-size-fits-all religion - George Jonas

The main qualification an opinion journalist needs is to be opinionated.  Read more...

Seeking Truth at the Movies - John J. Miller

"Almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false," says one of the characters in The Da Vinci Code, the best-selling novel by Dan Brown.  Read more...


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