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The Weblog at The View from the Core - Wednesday, December 04, 2002
Where is Mainstream Media When It Comes to Investigating Child Sexual Abuse?
When it doesn't involve Catholic clergy, that is.
.... In the United States, there is constant news on this topic, but less than 1% of priests are guilty of acts of this type. The constant presence of these news items does not correspond to the objectivity of the information nor to the statistical objectivity of the facts. Therefore, one comes to the conclusion that it is intentional, manipulated, that there is a desire to discredit the Church. It is a logical and well-founded conclusion....
I honestly don't see how this can be disputed.
Let me take you back to March 11, on which I published a column including this:
In a later installment of that six-part column, Apr. 8, I noted the following:
Well, it should be real easy to disprove the observation that anti-Catholic bias fuels mainstream media's investigation of, and reporting on, child sexual abuse. The New York Times has published some shocking investigative reports about child sexual abuse by UN workers right? And The Boston Globe has finally taken to crusading against child sexual abuse by "U.S. aviation-security personnel" right? And ABC/CBS/NBC are all over the case of child sexual abuse among (married) Protestant clergy right?
And what do all those cases have in common? The word "Catholic" can't be worked into them anywhere.
MM doesn't care about the children. It doesn't care about the abuse. It cares about (1) smearing the Catholic Church as much as possible and (2) circulation.
[Follow-up: Some People Just Can't Read What's In Front of Them.]
"Religion of Peace?"
A hard-hitting article by Jonah Goldberg at NRO today:
.... Look: I take law-abiding, tolerant, and peaceful Muslims at their word when they say to me that they believe Islam means peace. Further, I take them at their word that they live by that interpretation. But the fact remains that other Muslims surely believe that Islam means death. Death to Christians, Jews, and Hindus; death to unbelievers, heretics, blasphemers, adulterers, and plenty of other categories of human being. And guess what, it's those Muslims who are killing us. And guess what else? Those other, peace-loving, Muslims aren't doing enough about it.
I've written before that in the realm of public policy, theology doesn't matter nearly as much as morality and behavior. You can believe that murder is wrong because it depletes the ozone layer for all we care — so long as you believe murder is wrong. The differences between, say, Greek Orthodox Christians and Quakers are fascinating, rich, storied, and significant. But in the public square they do not matter one bit so long as Greek Orthodox Christians and Quakers alike abide by the law and our common sense of morality. If one group wants to burn incense and the other wants to make oatmeal, nobody cares. So long as each group leaves the other alone.
So, to a certain extent, I couldn't care less if Islam is, on paper, factually, textually, objectively, and in all other academic senses a religion of war and bigotry — so long as actual Muslims are decent and upstanding people. And, similarly, the fact that Christianity is a religion of love and compassion would be equally meaningless if Christians spent their days poking me with red-hot metal thingies — out of love and compassion no doubt — in order to get me to convert. Sure, I might take note of Christian hypocrisy while I waited for Torquemada to bust out his scrotal tongs, but, truth be told, scoring debating points wouldn't be at the forefront of my agenda....
The Pope Pius XII Controversy
A Review-Article by Kenneth D. Whitehead.
From The Political Science Reviewer at the Catholic League website.
One of the most remarkable of phenomena in recent years has been the revival of the controversy over the role of Pope Pius XII during the Second World War, and, specifically, over that pontiff's stance with regard to Hitler's effort to exterminate the Jews. First played out over thirty years ago, beginning during the 1960s, the controversy centered on the question of whether Pius XII was culpably "silent" and passive in the face of one of the most monstrous crimes in human history--when his voice as a moral leader and his action as head of the worldwide Catholic Church might possibly have prevented, or at least have seriously hindered--so it is argued--the Nazis in their ghastly plans to implement what they so chillingly called the Final Solution (Endlösung) to a long and widely perceived "Jewish Problem" in Europe.
The controversy over Pope Pius XII has not only been rekindled. It has been extended to include other modern popes and, indeed, the Catholic Church herself as "anti-Semitic." An unusual number of books and articles has continued to fuel this controversy. Ten of the most recent books on the subject have been selected for evaluation in this review-article....
The Corner Way Behind St. Blog's
"Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?" These were the words Ray Donovan addressed to the prosecutor after being acquitted of the fraud and larceny charges that had forced him two years earlier to resign as Ronald Reagan's secretary of labor.
Robert McTeer might be asking himself the same question. The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Mr. McTeer has been named a possible successor to Alan Greenspan. Which is precisely how he was listed in a recent New York Times article. With this kicker: "Uncomfortable questions" could be provoked by any McTeer nomination, warned the Times. The cause of those "uncomfortable" questions? "Earlier this year," the article reported, Mr. McTeer had "arranged a conference at which a speech by a conservative author was criticized by some Fed officials as offensive to blacks and gays." ....
Oh. I see now that Ramesh Ponnuru blogged about the City Journal article, Oct. 30. We still beat 'em, though.
Seriously, Dreher is right: "We have got to end this damnable situation, aided and abetted by the media, whereby a man may be adjudged guilty of racism simply because someone, somewhere, decided to be offended by his words, regardless of their actual content." Use of the Internet will help: it makes articles, such as Stein's in City Journal, available to, literally, millions of people who otherwise would never hear of them.
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