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July 22, 2014
The Mosul purge: How good is the media coverage?
The purge of Christians from Mosul in northern Iraq -- home to thriving Christian communities...
July 16, 2014
Concerning the latest (alleged) interview with Pope Francis
So how would you like to be a press officer for the Vatican these days?...
July 15, 2014
For Cologne archbishop, Reuters emits a scent of bias
The new archbishop of Cologne, Germany, is all about gays. At least it is, according...
June 23, 2014
Headline writers duck and cover when Francis improvises
It must be very hard to be a headline writer in the age of Pope...
June 10, 2014
What? You thought Francis, Peres and Abbas really prayed?
Let's state this in journalistic terms. What? You thought that the mainstream journalists covering the...
June 06, 2014
As usual, good Francis and bad Benedict at the BBC
The honeymoon continues for Pope Francis and the press. Coverage of the pope's trip to...
May 31, 2014
Pod people: Vatican III? Nicea III? Press blind spot 666?
The questions jumped into Twitter in a flash, which is what one would assume would...
May 26, 2014
What was the ‘real’ reason Francis made this pilgrimage?
It's time, once again, to face the obvious. There is no subject in the world...
May 26, 2014
Is Cardinal Dolan’s star fading? NYTimes ‘somes’ it up
I’ve just made up a rule for reading news: The confidence a writer places in...
May 23, 2014
The pope and the Palestinians: AP tries balanced reporting
As Pope Francis prepares to visit the Holy Land this weekend, the Associated Press takes...
May 22, 2014
NPR asks Vatican experts to discuss hopes of the Orthodox
Try to imagine a story about crucial, tense talks between Democrats and Republicans that only...
May 21, 2014
WPost probes hot debate on the banks of River Jordan
I have crossed the Jordan River twice in my life and both times the experience...
May 14, 2014
Nuanced portrait of a rising Catholic star: Cardinal Wuerl
Well, darn. Someone in the media remembers that there are other Catholic leaders besides Pope...
May 12, 2014
Devil in the details: WPost on Francis teaching about Satan
The current head of the Catholic Church has often shocked liberals by showing he actually...
May 05, 2014
Pope Francis on economics: How innovative? How savvy?
JIM ASKS: Conservative commentators ridiculed [Pope Francis's decree Evangelii Gaudium] for its criticism of the...
April 30, 2014
LATimes offers readers a simple, one-sided take on Vatican
Every niche website has a few "big ideas" that drive its work day after day....
April 28, 2014
Only one vision of the complex lives of two Vatican II saints
So, what was that remarkable "day of the four popes" all about anyway? Prepare to...
April 24, 2014
So divorced man says his new wife says the pope said ….
Well, there is no question that the buzz-worthy story of the day is the further...
April 22, 2014
The Atlantic slips — somehow — inside mind of Benedict XVI
During the annual pre-Easter season of snarky or mildly negative religion stories, I think that...
April 07, 2014
Did Pope Francis have to go to confession?
RACHAEL ASKS: Who does the pope go to if he has to go to confession...
April 02, 2014
Archbishop sells his fancy digs; NYTimes digs a bit deeper
What we have here is a very solid New York Times story about a somewhat...
March 31, 2014
When you wish upon a trend … it’s no longer news
Sometimes, anecdotes are a wellspring for indepth reporting. Other times, it just leads to wishful...
March 28, 2014
They didn’t even agree on what they disagreed on
Can you have a meeting of minds when you don’t agree on what you discussed...
March 16, 2014
Dominican posts handy guide to Pope Francis press myths
Every now and then a scribe at some other weblog (and we're not just talking...
February 20, 2014
Pope Francis doesn’t always sound like Mr. Nice Guy
Dear reporters: You're full of you-know-what. Sincerely, Pope Francis Not quite the missal you'd expect...
February 13, 2014
Doing right by the pope — and by the readers
What a pleasure it is to see a writer do it right. So it's a...
February 12, 2014
Newsflash! Not all Catholics think alike!
Hey! Did you know that a lot of Catholics actually disagree with church teachings? To...
February 09, 2014
Francis is the right kind of pope, at least for Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone has done gaudy before. Its writers have weathered Lady Gaga's meat gown, Madonna's...
February 01, 2014
Concerning AP and the Vatican’s ‘glass ceiling’ for women
Your GetReligionistas received several angry emails this past week about the following Associated Press story,...
January 31, 2014
Rolling Stone thinks it <3's this pope (plus, Mark signs out)
For reasons probably more associated with my age than anything else, the old Dr. Hook...
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