Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,649 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

gimme a break

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 03, 2010

"Pope takes break from scandal, visits Turin Shroud," read the AP headline, which was dutifully passed along by dozens of newspapers. The headline conjures up the image of a weary Pontiff pushing himself away from a desk cluttered with dossiers of abusive priests, rushing off to Turin just to get away from it all.

But wait. The standard criticism-- conveyed in countless AP reports-- is that Pope Benedict isn't paying enough attention to the sex-abuse scandal-- that he hasn't devoted all his public statements to the issue, even as the media keep churning out reports.
 
Maybe the headline should read:
AP takes break from scandal, pays attention to papal visit to Turin Shroud
 
As it stands the headline suggests that the Pope is almost obsessed with the sex-abuse issue. Well, somebody is.

 

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($124,738 to go):
$150,000.00 $25,262.05
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Gaby - May. 04, 2010 9:54 AM ET USA

    What a strange break from tradition. One would have expected the headline to read: "Pope once again fails to address sex abuse scandal during his public visit to Shroud of Turin." But wait, why didn't all those other headlines read, "Pope takes a break from scandal to meet with so-and-so / speak on such-and-such /visit this-and-that, etc, etc? News, shmews- so long as we can get the word "scandal" in the headline.

  • Posted by: Salome - May. 04, 2010 8:47 AM ET USA

    Over the past few weeks since these old stories were dug up and given unsustainable spin to create a 'scandal' in the 'news', there has been a refrain in the media every time the Pope has said or done anything, that he hasn't mentioned the 'clergy sex abuse scandal'. Since when did these 'journalists' think they had the right to dictate what the Pope will say?

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 23 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? October 24
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6