McCarrick: story the secular media don’t want to pursue?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Aug 22, 2018

Julia Duin, who worked for some years as the religion reporter for a secular newspaper, now wonders aloud why the mainstream media haven’t followed up obvious leads on the McCarrick scandal. The Catholic News Agency has found several priests to confirm that “everybody knew” about the former cardinal’s beach-house shenanigans, she observes; why haven’t the major urban dailies, with their enormous resources, done the same sort of follow-up?

I’m not sure whether it’s the lack of religion beat reporters or whether media just don’t want to tackle the gays-in-the-priesthood angle that’s the big elephant in the media living room right now, but I’m not seeing a ton of original reporting on McCarrick. Two large newspapers and some Catholic media are all that’s out there. Where’s USA Today? Where’s the Associated Press?

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 See full bio.

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  • Posted by: DrJazz - Aug. 23, 2018 12:06 AM ET USA

    The American media want the "gay" lifestyle normalized and accepted. Pointing out that homosexuality in the priesthood is the problem undermines their agenda. It better suits their purposes to frame the issue as hypocritical priests and bishops sexually abusing children while insisting on strict and outdated chastity rules for the laity. The Pennsylvania cases are very serious, but they provided the media with an excuse to drop the McCarrick story in favor of something seemingly more outrageous.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Aug. 22, 2018 7:05 PM ET USA

    "gays-in-the-priesthood angle." Bingo. If there is one word that is absolutely taboo in "polite" church company, it is homosexual. If there is one subject that is absolutely taboo in "polite" church company, it is the immorality of homosexual behavior. Just see what happens if you suggest that the sexual molestation of boys by Catholic clergy is homosexual behavior. It won't be pretty. And don't dare cite the actual statistics during a "safe environment" training session.

  • Posted by: Chatholic - Aug. 22, 2018 6:28 PM ET USA

    Its a no-brainer. The elephant is rainbow-colored, therefore he's off limits.