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Anti-Catholic Sports Reporting?

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Oct 04, 2011

Phil Lawler is right. When secular reporters cover Catholic issues, they frequently get things wrong. I refer, for example, to Phil’s new eBook, Misinterpreting Catholicism. But Phil’s examples pale into insignificance compared with this brief story from our own local paper in Manassas, Virginia, the News & Messenger:

On this date: After failing in seven previous attempts, da Bums from Brooklyn (a.k.a. the Dodgers) won their first World Series title in 1955. The Dodgers beat the New York Yankees 2-0 in the decisive Game 7, finally excising the demons of five losses in the Fall Classic to the Yanks.

A batch of Catholic reporters and copy editors would have known the difference between the word chosen here, excising, and the rich Catholic word that should have been used: exorcising. Nobody can cut evil spirits. This is not a simple roster move. But Catholics know how to drive them out.

The Brooklyn Dodgers knew what it really takes to win, but it seems even sports history is now being rewritten to obscure the vital contributions of Catholics….

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  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Oct. 05, 2011 12:31 PM ET USA

    Now now, Dr. Jeff, You need to allow for the possibility that the reporter is a young Jewish man who had just returned from seeing his first bris and was so shaken by it, he temporarily messed up his vocabulary.

  • Posted by: KathyD684684 - Oct. 04, 2011 8:37 PM ET USA

    Jeff, at least excising demons is better than "EXERCISING" them??? :-)

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