To belong to most any group you have to meet certain requirements.
To be a certified public accountant you have to earn a college degree and then pass a rigorous test.
A doctor has to go to college, attend medical school, pass a bunch of tests, serve an internship and serve a residency.
A soldier has to pass a physical and survive boot camp.
In somewhat similar fashion, the secular news media have established certain criteria for someone to be a Catholic commentator. The commentator doesn’t have to have all of these qualities, but at least a couple:
· Openly disagrees with the Pope on issues like birth control and abortion.
· Is a former nun or priest.
· Teaches at a liberal university that has a Catholic name but doesn’t teach the faith.
· Has written books of theology that support positions contrary to Church doctrine.
· Has left the Church.
· Supports the ordination of women.
· Say they are Catholic – even if there is little evidence that they are.
Well, the media certainly have little trouble finding “Catholic” commentators who have many or even all of these opinions. But I’m going to say something rather politically incorrect: commentators with these opinions aren’t really Catholic. They are dissidents.
The news media don’t’ have people who hate baseball serve as commentators during the World Series. They don’t have medical school dropouts serve as medical analysts. And they don’t have people who are tone deaf work as music critics.
So…how come we get dissident grumps being quoted whenever there is a story about the Catholic Church or the Holy Father? Could it be that the media don’t much like the Church or the Pope? Could it be that they don’t like any institution that stands for truth even when it doesn’t get a majority vote or meet the criteria of political correctness?
The media need to adopt new requirements for Catholic commentators: Support the Holy Father, following the teachings of the Church and are in full communion with the Catholic faith. Now…there is a concept.
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