Mollie at GetReligion.org covers the most recent nasty coverage of the Catholic Church at the New York Times. Archbishop Dolan has taken them on for some very insulting photographs. I don't keep track of all these assaults, because we've been told to expect such. But she asks an interesting question in relation to how Islam is treated vs. Christians. And it's not irrelevant to the controversies going on today.
I would love to hear an explanation of why, as this August 2009 New York Times article states, The Times banned images of the Muhammad cartoons that helped spark one of the biggest news stories of 2006.
I wonder if it’s simply that The Times is scared of Muslims but not Christians? Or what?
For the Church, blogs can be an incredible boon because their reach extends far further than that of the traditional Catholic media. Whispers in the Loggia has between 90,000 to 100,000 visits a week, while the highly respected Jesuit America Magazine has a print circulation of 45,000 – it also has excellent blogs. While Whispers and other Catholic blogs can be stumbled upon while browsing on the internet in the privacy and comfort of one’s own home, access to traditional Catholic media often requires a visit to the local Church, an active subscription, a phone call.
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The Pope was barely on the plane to go back to Rome, when the news wires all agreed: his visit was the UK was a great success! Apparently even the AP was impressed:
Yet more than 100,000 cheering people lined London's streets to watch the pope go by in his Popemobile on Saturday night and another 80,000 massed in Hyde Park for a prayer vigil, remarkable numbers given the indifference and downright hostility prior to the visit and the fact that Catholics make up only 10 percent of Britain's population.
Just a few days ago there was hand-wringing over how many tickets to the papal events had not been sold. There was concern that the protesters were discouraging the faithful from showing up. There was all that earlier bluster from the village atheists about having the Pope arrested. Not that Popes haven't been arrested, imprisoned, and even executed in the past. Even if the crowds were smaller than for Pope John Paul II's visit in 1982, it was a different time and a different man at the helm. Maybe the naysayers overplayed their hand. Today Britain's News of the World called Benedict "the People's Pope".
Here the Pope spoke in the very place where St. Thomas More was condemned to death for upholding Catholic teaching on marriage, still a contentious issue. This journey was historic, after 500 years of strife which ranged from bloody strife to the equivalent of the cold war, an official state visit by the Pope on the invitation of the Queen, who is still head of the Church of England. It was only five years ago that Tony Blair bucked the trend by sending a Catholic to the Vatican as their ambassador.
The Pope addressed sex abuse victims, educators, the elderly, clergy from other churches, politicians and schoolchildren, the skeptical and the faithful. And the beatification of Cardinal Newman had a much broader appeal than just to Roman Catholics, as he had helped shape Anglican Church practice through the Oxford movement even before his conversion. The Pope recalled that Newman was in a "long line" of English scholars, including St Bede, St Hilda, St Aelred, and Blessed Duns Scotus and called theirs a tradition “of gentle scholarship, deep human wisdom and profound love for the Lord”.
As John Waters pointed out just ahead of the visit: "One of the many paradoxes of being pope in the modern world is that it is necessary to speak to your people through a megaphone controlled by your enemies. Still, Benedict XVI insists on speaking clearly and unapologetically of the immediate reality and how it ticks and tocks." And so the pope seems to have taken the megaphone out of their hands, at least for a time.
The pope was only himself. To the elderly residents of a nursing home, he referred to himself as “a brother who knows well the joys and the struggles that come with age”. But what he carries is something unstoppable.
The pope said on his departure: "Thank you for the warmth of your welcome". Indeed.