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The single-issue newspaper?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 16, 2022

Today the US Conference of Catholic Bishops chose their new leaders. Here’s the headline for the New York Times report:

U.S. Catholic Bishops Elect Leaders for Anti-Abortion Fight

Technically, Catholic bishops do other things: They administer the sacraments. They preach and teach. They run schools and manage an enormous variety of charitable institutions. Their conference addresses all sorts of public issues—more often than not, agreeing with the editorial slant of the New York Times. Yet from the peculiar perspective of the country’s leading newspaper, the only noteworthy function of the US bishops’ conference is the “anti-abortion fight.”

What would you say about the competence of a journalist who headlined a story: “New York Times chooses new editor for pro-abortion propaganda campaign?”

The Times goes on to tell readers that the new leaders, Archbishops Timothy Broglio (president) and William Lori (vice-president) both have “conservative leanings.” Which means, in this context, that they’re Catholics.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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