[quote="Dale_M, post:11, topic:194352"]
Actually, given the feeding frenzy journalists seem to have regarding the sex abuse problems, I'm a bit surprised that an article would be devoted so much to this religious act. But yes, it would have been nice to have the article leave out the scandal, just for a day.
Yep, its a surprising article. I think the reporter was attempting to figure out why the Vatican is having such a hard time managing the public relations regarding the scandals, but she is barking up the wrong tree. The problem is not with the Pope, but with the Vatican's unwillingness to engage in modern public relations. An article in the Washington Post on Sunday speaks to that, but its been a criticism leveled at the Vatican for 50 years.
Hey, I hope you aced it! And congrats on your impending graduation, too. :)
Well, really, what bothers me is the duplicity of a press agency covering 'Catholic events of religious significance' (which they did, almost without exception, throughout Holy Week), and then the body of the article is devoted to explaining how far the Church has allegedly fallen, as a whole, based on a series of more-or-less isolated failures. Feeding frenzy, fine. But this style of journalism (if you re-read the text) is basically the 'print' equivalent of making a youtube.com video purporting to show religious events within a faith, and then splicing in scenes of these religious events being defiled in the worst way.
I imagine it is not does not require any high degree of humanistic sensitivity to understand how this might bother a Catholic.
I agree with your evaluation of the second article, and I read the WP article. I think that there is a communications disconnect between the Press and the Vatican. The Press is used to dealing with democracies--in a democracy, the chief public servant is personally responsible to the public for inexcusable failures. The same principle does not hold for the Vatican: cardinals representing the Holy Father answered the questions of journalists, on the whole, in a sincere and logical manner. But the Press, on the whole, ignored these overtures and demanded a response from our Holy Father, who is not some bellhop who prances down the Spanish steps to speak to yuppie journalists whenever they arrive.
Like it or not, the Vatican works in a different manner than the rest of the world; this doesn't mean it is anachronistic, only different, and democracies hate difference. The modern world doesn't understand celibacy, it does not understand the spiritual monarchy and its electorate, it doesn't understand eternity, and it doesn't understand the Magisterium. Regardless, it will find some respect for it, or it should go ahead and learn a thing or two about what the world was like before St. Peter.
And thank you, sincerely, for your encouragement.