Monday, October 24, 2005

NPR's Church Day

My goodness, NPR is obsessing about Catholicism today like an enraged combox fiend.... First a former priest and former nun -- along with their author-son -- on Fresh Air, and now a former nun for an hour with Diane Rehm. (Audio feeds available at the links.)

This is surreal. What could possibly be next?



Blogger Todd said...

Greg, would you say the same holds true for Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, or people who have set aside their original marriage vows? How long is a proper period of penance (assuming humility is a virtue for cultivation in every or any Christian): a year, five years, twenty, or forever?

25/10/05 16:14  
Blogger eweu said...

That's no obsession. That's an attack.

NPR (as usual) is trotting out as much mockery of Catholicism as they can find. I notice you didn't link to NPR audio about the murder of Catholics in Indonesia for reciting the Rosary. That's right, because they didn't cover that story.

NPR's coverage of murder of Catholics

NPR's coverage of gay priests

26/10/05 02:57  
Blogger Todd said...

I listened to the program just now, and as it turns out, it wasn't about either priests or ex-nuns, but about one son of them. And he does have a very interesting story to relate, which he tells quite well.

I have to say I found the tooth extraction story to be particularly chilling, but not out of kilter from what at least three women have told me about requests/suggestions/coercions priests have made or attempted that don't include matters of an overtly sexual nature.

It's all about control.

I wouldn't take NPR's coverage as mockery because the perception in society is that Catholicism is part of the powers-that-be, and that violence against the Church or its members is not as newsworthy as unjust violence against the oppressed.

To shift it to a sports image, people cheer when the Yankees lose. Nobody cares about the hurt feelings of Yankee fans or players, because of the perception that this team is all-powerful and deserves a dressing down more often than it gets.

26/10/05 10:46  

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