A noisy minority with an outsize influence
There’s a downright funny sentence from an article in The Atlantic by Rachel Donadio, entitled, “Pope Francis, the Revolutionary, Takes on the Traditionalists”:
In the culture war between traditionalists and progressives over the future of the Church, the pope may be on the progressive, inclusive side, but his traditionalist critics have access to social media, which has an outsize influence in shaping perceptions.
Let’s see: On that “progressive, inclusive side” stands Pope Francis, who runs the Roman Curia, steers the Synod, and appoints bishops. Directly or indirectly he controls the pontifical universities, the Vatican communications machinery, the corps of apostolic nuncios serving in every country of the world. His Jesuit allies run colleges and universities with billions of dollars in endowment, employing thousands of professors who lean toward the “progressive, inclusive side.” And they have the undoubted support of a lopsided majority in the mass-media outlets.
Ah, but traditionalists have access to the social media! (And—am I missing something—liberals don’t??)
If I could call on dozens of tenured professors from Notre Dame, Georgetown, Fordham, and Villanova to defend me at a moment’s notice—with all the PR machinery of their schools behind them—I wouldn’t worry too very much about the “outsize influence” of some lone critic with a blog. Unless I had something to hide.
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