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Go Deeper! Reflection on the Secular Media's Superficial Worldview

By Chris Pelicano (bio - articles - email) | Mar 16, 2012

The "narrative" of secular media is a superficial worldview. No great revelation here, since that's precisely what's lacking—the influence of divine Revelation. Story after story, told 24-7, all with the same thing missing from them—the deeper Truth. This shallow approach is tolerable with regard to an afternoon traffic report, but NOT when addressing, for example, the reality of Marriage, or artificial contraception, or religious liberty, or... just about anything of substance.

Marriage as an "issue" has been in the news, but Marriage as a reality has not. The same can be said of contraception and religious liberty. It reminds me sometimes of when my teenage daughter asks a question. I respond, "Do you really want to know the answer to that?" To which she replies, "No, it was rhetorical." Opportunity missed. The topic, or subject, or issue was brought up just for effect.

As long as secular media brings up topics "just for effect" I will continue to ache at the opportunities missed—from the standpoint of promoting the deeper Truth. By contrast, this is yet another reason to appreciate (and support) the work of CatholicCulture.org—answering questions for those who know they need to go deeper.

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  • Posted by: frjohndowney9908 - Mar. 16, 2012 9:11 PM ET USA

    The same thing often happens in homilies at Sunday Mass. It's difficult to really "Go deep" into an issue in the few minutes that we have in a homily. This is why Catholics truly hunger for good, sound doctrinal and moral teaching. I'm glad that there are so many web sites where Catholics can learn. I do, however, hope we can encourage more folks to take advantage of the really good Catholic web sites which are available.

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