Anti-Catholic Bias in the media


I don’t know if this thread should go here but oh well!

I am writing a research report on anti-Catholic Bias in the media…and I was wondering if any of you have any idea of where I can go to fine some more information…my thesis for this paper is: “The media has never hidden their anti-Catholic bias, because they interview the most liberal and secular Catholics who will agree with the media’s immoral beliefs and give the Catholic Church a bad name.”

Also if you have any idea’s in correcting my thesis please, PLEASE, do not hesitate - I will use all the help I can get! :bounce:

Thank you so much!!


How about that movie that Bill Mahr did? It is called Religulous. I have only seen the previews. It looks pretty anti-religon but I bet it has some anti-Catholic material in it.

That might be a start…

If I find anything else, I’ll post it. I hope all goes well.

Aaron Esco.

I have never really thought of this before but I looked up Bill Donahue (who is the president of the Catholic League) and searched media bias on their site:

Looked like some interesting articles on it. I hope this helps.

Edit: Here are the links that I found. My other link just took you straight to the search function:







That is just a few that I found. I recommend that you type “Media Bias” into the search engine and go from there.

God bless

Thank you so much…this is sooo great!! I appreciate it a lot…and if anyone else has any other ideas or links that i could visit i would be so greatful! :slight_smile:

Once again, thank you!


This is a presentation by Philip Jenkins, “The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice”

Philip Jenkins, professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University, has written 18 books and more than 100 articles on topics ranging from religion, history, criminal justice, and American studies. In his latest book, The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice (Oxford University Press, 2003), Jenkins suggests that anti-Catholic bigotry has existed in this nation for as long as Catholicism has been practiced here. Over the past few centuries, he says this form of bigotry has become a subtle characteristic of American culture.

English Professor Dennis Taylor introduces Jenkins


  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose advertisements on TV (“In 19XX, the Vatican approved of the exoricsm of a little girl…”
  • Religulous
  • Jesus Christ Super Star
  • The media coverage of Pope John Paul II’s death: NBC had very anti-Catholic callers calling in, and a reporter even said he hopes the new Pope changes the Church’s teaching on abortion - and all the reporters agreed with him (I don’t think it’s coicidence that only anti-Catholic callers were calling in)
  • The Golden Compass advertisement (“USCCB approved”)
  • The ignorance and bias of the media in regards to religion in general, and Catholicism in particular (see Zenit article here)
  • Poor Catholic portrayals in television shows (bad priests, people talking during Mass, etc.)
  • Van Helsing (movie included a misuse of the Confessional, secret underground lairs in churches, etc.)
  • I forget the clothing store, but it was a TV advertisement where a priest was walking down the street, saw a lady in a revealing but not immodest dress, lusted after her, and kept walking, smiling (a very poor portrayal of priests)
  • Priest vestments being displayed at fashion shows, which is quite sacrilgeous
  • King Arthur (movie depicted Catholics as torturing pagans unto conversion during the Middle Ages)
  • Jack Chick (anti-Catholic comic books)
  • There was a comic I read at an Amazing Comic book store that showed “monks” using a Satantic ritual to recieve power, and a Jesus Christ-look-a-like demon appeared to them and gave them power
  • A vampire movie I once saw on TV that depicted a priest using a cross to crucify another priest to Satan so he could recieve occult power
  • Dogma
  • Priest
  • The Life of Brian
  • The book “Change of Heart” (learn more here)
  • Yahoo! News frequently includes articles that bash or belittle religion or religious objects (such as the Cross of Saint Francis article)

That’s off the top of my head. Feel free to PM me for more info. :slight_smile:

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Go to Catholic Radio and find past interviews done on this topic.

I don’t agree with all the points of your thesis, and I wouldn’t phrase it the way you did. You make it sound like people in the media have malice against the Church, but that’s usually not the case. I lean more towards the opinion that the media has deep-seated and un-examined prejudices towards the Church, so deep that they can’t perceive their own biases and prejudices. I don’t think malice is their motive; I just don’t think they know any better. I suggest you rephrase your thesis in a way that avoids judging the media’s motives and beliefs so harshly. I fear if you leave your thesis the way it is now, your teacher may just dismiss you as another conspiracy-theory crackpot.

Maybe you can simplify your thesis by saying: the media takes shots at the Catholic Church it wouldn’t dare take at any other religion or ethnic group or special interest group. Then show, by comparison, the measured way the media deals with groups such as the gays or the Muslims and compare that to the way it deals with Catholics. Bill Donahue from the Catholic League uses this approach all the time.

Another book that may give insight into media bias is called Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes how the Media Distort the News by Bernard Goldberg.

Here’s a 2-page article that may be helpful:

“The Media and Misreporting Religion”

Also, another book:

Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion by Paul Marshall

You can listen to Paul Marshall here:

From the The Drew Mariani Show on January 12.

A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media

“if the world hates you, know that it hated me before it hated you.” Jn 15:18

They hated the Truth, Jesus Christ, so much that they murdered Him!

A little secular media bias is a joke, it is nothing.

“…rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.” Acts 5:41

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, Ora Pro Nobis Peccatoribus!


Yup, that’s the book I’d also recommend.

Oh this is soooo great!!! Thank you all so much for helping me with this… I don’t know how to show you my appreciation!

Thank you again!! I am so excited to write this paper now… God Bless each and everyone of you!


I don’t think they’re quite so innocent or free of malice as you seem to think.

But anything that exposes media bias is all to the good.

haha, this is great!
I’m writing a report on the same exact topic that you’re writing on!

I was searching for resources on the internet (key words were “Anti Catholic Bias in Television” lol) when i found this thread.

Anyways here is my thesis statement:
“In the mass media today, anti-Catholic views are becoming more prevalent and more expressed principally through television in news, information, and entertainment.”

I’m also not sure if this thesis can be written in a 5 page report
anyone’s help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

In terms of the thesis topic - I wouldn’t phrase it as ‘immoral beliefs’, I would say something like ‘beliefs that go against the consistent traditional teaching of the Church’

And ‘give the Catholic Church a bad name’? What precisely do you mean by ‘bad name’?

Are you equating genuine disagreement as bias? Just curious.

Well put!

Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life” and or “Life of Brian” have some graphic, anti-Catholic stuff.

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