At last: NY Times editorial condemns attacks on Christians in Iraq

From today’s paper:  The Sunni extremists who control large swaths of Iraq recently presented Christians in Mosul with an ultimatum: Convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or die by the sword. The militants gave them until July 19 to comply, and by the deadline hundreds of the city’s remaining Christian families had fled from this [Read More...]

Boom: America magazine announces expansion

Having a Jesuit pope has evidently been very good for the venerable weekly.  The announcement yesterday: Father Matt Malone, S.J., editor in chief of America, announced today the appointment of America correspondents in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Beijing. This first round of appointments is the latest move in the most dramatic expansion of America‘s domestic and international coverage in [Read More...]

The hardest working priest at the Vatican has to be…

…Fr. Federico Lombardi. After the pope, of course. And stepping up to the microphone after the pope, to explain what he really meant, is becoming a full time job for the Vatican spokesman. Yesterday, this was the big story:  An interview that credits Pope Francis as saying about 2% of Roman Catholic clerics are pedophiles stirred controversy [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: the J-school diploma with a huge spelling error

Oops: Read all about it.  H/T Patrick Madrid. [Read more...]

Shock: media admits mistake! When was the last time something like THIS happened?

The Associated Press published a huge correction for a story that slammed the Catholic Church: The Associated Press landed a blockbuster story in early June that hundreds of children had died due to neglect in a Catholic-run orphanage in Ireland during the mid 20th century. Mass graves, unmarked burial sites, baptism refusals, and other lurid [Read More...]

Archbishop Kurtz on digital media: We need to move “from diatribe to dialogue”

Louisville’s Archbishop Joseph Kurtz delivered the keynote at last night’s session of the Catholic Media Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. A portion, from his blog: I believe that the Catholic press will be called over the next decade to influence the new digital frontier by carving out a place for dialogue. This may well be [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: how NOT to report on women priests

First, check out this video from the CBS affiliate in Sacramento:   You can read the transcript here. This is poor on so many levels. Reporter Maria Medina should be embarrassed. My only conclusion is that it’s sweeps month and the affiliate is desperate for ratings. Some observations: 1. There’s the hyperbolic writing: “…a new [Read More...]

Worth noting: the pope’s prayer intentions for May

From the Vatican:  Pope Francis’ universal prayer intention for May is: “That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace”. His intention for evangelisation is: “That Mary, Star of Evangelisation, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations”. Amen. [Read more...]

How dumb are Americans when it comes to religion? Very.

I’ve said it before: I think journalism students in the 21st century should be required to study and have a working knowledge of world religions. Based on this, maybe that should be a requirement of all college students. From Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times:  Secular Americans are largely ignorant about religion, but, in [Read More...]

TIME magazine lists Pope Francis among 100 most influential people, assigns Obama to write about him

And here’s some of what the president had to say about the pontiff: Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people. Pope Francis is such a leader. His Holiness has moved us with his message of inclusion, especially for the poor, the marginalized and the outcast. But it has been his [Read More...]