I gave up any sort of regular reading or watching of news several months ago, and my life has been better for it ever since. So I have to admit that when I read the Pope’s interview (which I linked to in my previous post), it didn’t even occur to me that the secular press might misrepresent it for their own purposes. But apparently that is exactly what has happened in many media outlets. Surprise!
May I remind you, first of all, about my previous post, “The Narrative“?
Second, and as one priest said, the Pope does not govern through interviews. In any case, if you actually read what he said, you will see that he has not spoken in contradiction to a single teaching of the Church nor has he once indicated that Church teaching should be changed.
Sometimes I feel like I am talking to the wind when I warn folks about getting their Church news from the secular press. But I continually hear people say things that makes me think: They believe what they have been told. They didn’t go to the source. They didn’t think critically about it. They just drank it in. The media told them XYZ, and they believed it. They believed it!! ARGHHHH!!!!
So in spite of the feelings of futility that accompany this exercise, I will say it again: Get your Catholic news from reliable Catholic sources. Be aware of the fact that there is a narrative that the secular media are constantly trying to shape and advance in accord with their own sympathies, their own sponsors, and their own goals. And for goodness’ sake, when you see a crazy headline that suggests anything like “POPE SAYS CHURCH TEACHING SHOULD BE CHANGED”, go to the source and find out what he really said, because chances are pretty high that he didn’t say that.
After all, the Pope can’t change certain teachings. We have a belief about that too, rooted in Sacred Scripture and Tradition. I guess I’ll post on that another day. Maybe tomorrow.
UPDATE: I see that the always-eloquent and on-the-ball Jeffrey Tucker at New Liturgical Movement has weighed in.