By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 07, 2005

And here's to you, Christine Amanpour, for providing us with the most... um... unusual insight on the current doings in Rome. The sage of CNN opined:

The real question, of course, is how the Church will keep itself relevant in the centuries to come, or even in the next generation.

Amanpour made this comment from her vantage point in Rome, where the largest crowd in human history (composed mostly of people younger than she is) has gathered for an event that will command the attention of the entire planet. It takes a special kind of reporter to see the crowds, the outpouring of emotion, the tributes from world leaders, the fascination with ritual-- and conclude that Catholicism is becoming irrelevant.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 08, 2005 10:54 PM ET USA

    This is a wonderful teaching moment. Amanpour accidentally reveals that she and the rest of the ruling class don't give a fig for the "relevancy" of the sort just witnessed. The only thing that matters to them is conformity. To their opinions and rules.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 08, 2005 1:02 PM ET USA

    Did anyone else hear Christine say that JP II was the "first non Catholic Pope in 500 years"? I think Steve G is right, people just do not take notice of what these types of people actually say. But all the emotion is hard to assess. If it doesn't wake up Europe, it may take a thousand years before they come alive again. Surely they must ask: who are we, where have we come from, where are we going? The secularists in governments and the courts are a grave problem, but so was Communism.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 07, 2005 10:45 PM ET USA

    CA's statement is, of course, silly and perhaps even mean-spirited. But numbers in attendance at any event don't mean anything. What matters is what cannot be measured or seen - the action of grace in people's lives. Remember the crowds who hailed our Lord on Palm Sunday either ignored Him or rejected Him 5 days later. Perhaps this is Palm Sunday for the papacy. Perhaps these same people will march on Rome howling for the new pope's head if he one day says what they don't want to hear!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 07, 2005 7:48 PM ET USA

    It would be nice if somebody unkinder than I e-mailed Ms. Amanpour with the observation that the name of John Paul II will beyond any doubt be remembered for years, decades and even centuries after than that of Christiane Amanpour has been forgotten. But, then, this is far from Ms. A's first fatuous statement and it will no doubt be far from her last, since she is a talent to the precise taste of the management of CNN.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 07, 2005 4:38 PM ET USA

    Relevance! Of course! One one the great watchwords of the 1960s. Shades of Tom Hayden! I suppose that 2,000 years of an unbroken line of Popes preceded by 2,500+ of Jewish tradition is subject to the scrutiny of one walking designer suit in Rome. Relevance is stacked in the yellowing and decomposing pages of old newspapers stuck away in an abandoned garage.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 07, 2005 1:55 PM ET USA

    "Relevant"? To what? To the salvation of souls? If that is the question, the answer is "yes," the church will be relevant. The Master has assured us that the gates of hell will never prevail against it. But if the question is whether the church will be relevant to those who reject the Lord and His teachings, perhaps Ms. Amanpour should get a few more sound bites from those folks.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 07, 2005 1:04 PM ET USA

    And now, a word from the Cynical Non-Society of Nihilists (CNN), our sponsor, who provided Christine with her existential blinkers for this event...

  • Posted by: - Apr. 07, 2005 12:22 PM ET USA

    You know, this is happening more and more, where commentators make an obviously fatuous statement. It seems, too, that listeners don't notice.