Friday, April 23, 2010

The Catholic Church; Counter-Culture; and Fitting In

I think this helps explain why 'everybody knows' how icky the Catholic Church and how wrong the Pope is and how nobody who's smart would ever believe that stuff that those Catholics say.
"Church treated unfairly by media because of counter-cultural teachings, cardinal says"
Catholic News Agency (April 23, 2010)

"Pope Benedict and the Church are not being treated fairly in the media coverage of the sexual abuse scandal because his teachings disagree with the relativistic and individualistic culture of today, said Cardinal Ennio Antonelli this week.

" 'It's evident that it is an attack not only against the Pope, but also and especially against the Catholic Church as authoritative moral reference of our world today,' said Cardinal Antonelli, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Foglio on Wednesday."

"There are various elements that show 'clearly a militant "information" against the Church,' the cardinal asserted. Citing examples of this pattern, he specifically alluded to the 'tone' and 'tenacity' of the accusations, the re-use of past cases that were already public as current news, the lack of statistics in reports and the promotion of the idea that pedophilia only exists within the clergy and not as 'an enormously widespread vice in society.'

"In order 'to darken the image of the Church and compromise its credibility,' he explained, 'it's logical that they seek to strike the Pope in person, even if the firmness and coherence of his commitment against certain criminal behaviors has always been known.'..."
Benedict XVI's firm and consistent stand against what the 'pedophile priests' have done is known: among Catholics who pay attention to their faith, and get their information from reliable sources, as well as this culture's traditional information gatekeepers.

Happily, these days it's a little easier to get around the dominant culture's information filters.

There's more to the CNA article. I suggest reading the whole thing. Particularly since I think what Cardinal Ennio Antonelli said is very unlikely to show up on, say, CNN.

Of course, if you're an American who prefers to keep your ideas conventional and wants to march in lockstep with this culture's leaders: that's your choice. My responsibility ends when I've said what is so.

Here's part of that excerpt from Catholic News Agency again:
"...Citing examples of this pattern, he specifically alluded to the 'tone' and 'tenacity' of the accusations, the re-use of past cases that were already public as current news, the lack of statistics in reports and the promotion of the idea that pedophilia only exists within the clergy and not as 'an enormously widespread vice in society.'..."
(CNA) [emphasis mine]

Priests, Schoolteachers, and the General Public

I don't blame reporters and editors for omitting statistical data in their articles. Quite a few people aren't all that comfortable around statistics - or, maybe, facts in general.

Can't say that I blame them. Facts are like big, hard, heavy, sharp-edged rocks. A person who likes to walk around with his or her eyes closed will run into a fact sooner or later: and that'll hurt.

Besides, since Catholic priests are about as likely to abuse children as schoolteachers are, maybe we'd better start attacking schoolteachers? Better go after the general public first. Somebody from that lot is twice as likely to abuse children as a priest or a schoolteacher. (April 11, 2010)

Haven't heard about that? I'm not surprised. It's one of those big, heavy, sharp-edged facts. And it doesn't make Catholic priests and teachings look bad.

Fitting In With the 'Right People,' or Fitting In With God

I've said this before, but it bears repeating. I'm one of those "close minded fools" who believes that God is real. And, I expect that I'll have to go through a sort of final evaluation.

On the whole, I'd rather explain why I didn't conform to America's dominant culture: than why I defied what God has been telling us for thousands of years.

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storey said...

Also check out Italian translation for the iPhone

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...



Well, I cited an Italian newspaper, and have cited the advisability of remembering what can happen in translations.

Everybody else,

That link takes you to - I haven't checked it out, at all.

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From time to time, a service that I use will display links to - odd - services and retailers.

I block a few of the more obvious dubious advertisers.

For example: psychic anything, numerology, mediums, and related practices are on the no-no list for Catholics. It has to do with the Church's stand on divination. I try to block those ads.

Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

Bottom line? What that service displays reflects the local culture's norms, - not Catholic teaching.