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Vatican blasts media coverage of pope’s latest book
Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Alessandro Speciale

Posted on 11/30/2012 2:38:42 PM PST by NYer

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 29) blasted the press for focusing too narrowly on whether animals were present when Jesus was born, saying media coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s new book on Jesus’ childhood missed the book’s key message.

Writing on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, Spanish theologian Jose Maria Gil Tamayo labeled the “media confusion” as another “symptom” of the “widespread and silent marginalization of God” in contemporary society.

Benedict’s third book on the life of Jesus, “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives,” hit bookstores worldwide on Nov. 21 with an initial print run of 1 million copies in nine languages.

While the pontiff’s book is a scholarly analysis of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ childhood and of their spiritual meaning, media coverage mostly focused on some passages in which Benedict seems to challenge cherished Christmas traditions.

In the book, the pontiff recalls that in the Gospels there is “no reference” to animals in the Bethlehem stable where Jesus was born, but adds that “no representation of the crib is complete without the ox and the ass.”

Benedict also writes that the angels who announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds probably didn’t actually sing, and that the three wise men could have been inspired by a “theological idea” rather than by a “historical event.”

Such remarks got widely repeated online and in TV shows, with some commentators even accusing the pope of waging a war against Christmas. Even Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert weighed in, comparing Benedict to the Grinch.

According to the L’Osservatore Romano article, media focus on the presence of animals at Jesus’ birth “diverted attention from the book’s central message.”

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TOPICS: Catholic; History; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: benedictxvi; jesus; media; pope

1 posted on 11/30/2012 2:38:50 PM PST by NYer
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Catholic ping!


2 posted on 11/30/2012 2:39:49 PM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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In the book, the pontiff recalls that in the Gospels there is “no reference” to animals in the Bethlehem stable where Jesus was born, but adds that “no representation of the crib is complete without the ox and the ass .”

Well, there may be a question as to whether they were present in the stable or not, but there certainly never seems to be a shortage of them among the pagan press hordes, who the Vatican is blasting here.

3 posted on 11/30/2012 3:01:17 PM PST by Heart-Rest ("I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life" Deuteronomy 30:19)
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"Even Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert . . . " ??

His slandering anyone and anything Christian isn't exactly a rare occurance so what's with the "even" like it's astonishing that someone woke Colbert up?

4 posted on 11/30/2012 3:10:01 PM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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Much ado about nothing. Wonder why the Pope brought them up in the first place. Anyway, move on.


5 posted on 12/01/2012 10:18:03 AM PST by ex-snook (without forgiveness there is no Christianity)
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