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Church doesn’t bend, but endures ^ | 02/14/2013 | Jennifer C. Braceras

Posted on 02/14/2013 11:48:35 AM PST by massmike

The press is outraged.Why? Because the Roman Catholic Church might (once again) select as its pope someone who is actually Catholic,and who does not share the political sensibilities of The New York Times editorial board.

The resignation of Benedict provides a hostile press the opportunity to rehash any problem that may have arisen in the hundreds of thousands of Catholic churches around the world — and to blame the Vatican for them all.

The media’s current focus on abuse perpetrated by priests, the bulk of which occurred long before Benedict was pope, reveals a deep obsession with scandal and an insidious bias against the church. How else to explain the media’s failure to report the sad, but undeniable, fact that sexual abuse of minors occurs with equal frequency across most religions, and in secular institutions such as schools, boys clubs, and sleep-away camps?

Of course, not all journalists have used the announcement to unfairly portray the church as a bastion of corrupt pedophiles. But few have resisted the temptation to call upon the church to “modernize,” that is, to become Unitarian! Numerous stories bemoan the church’s stance on moral issues of importance to the urban elite — abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage, to name but a few. The Boston Globe, for its part, complains that the church under Benedict failed to adopt “liberalizing reforms” — as if the church were a political party and church doctrine a negotiable platform.

Thankfully, the Roman Catholic Church will not alter fundamental truths to gain popularity or to satisfy its critics.

And in an uncertain world, it is this aspect of Catholicism that sustains the faithful and will continue to attract converts for centuries to come. Unlike Wednesday’s ashes, which have since disappeared, the church and the faith will endure.

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1 posted on 02/14/2013 11:48:39 AM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

The Roman Catholics are doing just fine with American membership. They are growing at a slow rate. Now you look at churches like the Presbyterian Church USA or the United Church of Christ. They are quickly losing members. And somehow, the media is saying the Catholics should be more like the Presbyterian Church USA?

2 posted on 02/14/2013 12:18:48 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Our man in washington

The media wants them to be like them and lose membership and influence. Nothing new. The devil is still at work.

3 posted on 02/14/2013 12:29:35 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: massmike

The liberal media constantly challenges the doctrine of the Catholic Church but are suspiciously quiet about islam. Women’s rights, for example, is quite limited according to the koran. Haven’t we heard that dying for allah will result in 72 virgins waiting for the murderer in heaven? What does that say about the value of muslim women. However, Jesus was adorned by women and had a strong female following during his time on earth. His message for women was this: “wives be subject to your husbands, and husbands love your wife as Christ loved the church and gave his life for her.” I think the liberal media hates the Catholic church because they hate Jesus Christ who is the focal point of the Catholic faith.

4 posted on 02/14/2013 1:39:53 PM PST by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
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To: Our man in washington
Simple. The media want the Catholic Church to be more like the presbyterian church for the same reasons they want the republicans to be more like the democrats.
5 posted on 02/14/2013 1:58:09 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: massmike
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6 posted on 02/14/2013 8:07:54 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Our man in washington; NYer
Well, do note that the Catholic Church has 22 rites (or Churches) only one of which is the Latin (called Roman by some) Church -- the Maronite, Chaldean Catholic, Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankara etc. are, if anything, growing at a faster clip and also within Latin Catholicism, the most orthodox parishes are growing faster than the "feel good" types -- dogma of course remains the same, just that the former emphasise the strictness, the challenge of being Christian more

The media are saying Catholics should follow the ECUSA -- the PCUSA etc. are not liberal enough for the media....

7 posted on 02/15/2013 12:05:06 AM PST by Cronos
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To: Son-Joshua

you hit the nail on the head

8 posted on 02/15/2013 12:16:42 AM PST by Cronos
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