Pope Francis’ ‘obsession’ with the devil

It’s kind of charming that all popes have to deal with bad media coverage and global press frenzies. This week we’ve seen some awful media coverage of Pope Francis, including coverage of his blessing of a man after Mass on Sunday. Part of the blame must go to the Italian press, which really went crazy [Read More...]

That’s one very, very poor headline about the pope

As I have stressed many times here at GetReligion, it’s important for readers to understand that reporters rarely write the headlines that accompany their stories. Editors and specialists at copy desks write the headlines. It’s tough work, and I say that as someone who did that job for several years early in my career. A [Read More...]

Downplaying the canonization of Christians martyred by Muslim invaders?

In a recent post about an error in a story about a new saint, readers talked about the notable lack of media coverage of another set of new saints — Christians martyred by Islamic invaders. One reader commented: The mainstream media didn’t seem particularly interested in a group of Catholics martyred by Islamic invaders. Every [Read More...]

Well here’s a new spin on female ordination

Let’s begin this post with this link to the Vatican’s Code of Canon Law: Can.  1024 A baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly. Now, keep that in mind as you read this Miami Herald story about Madre Laura, who was beatified by Pope Francis on Sunday: In her lifetime, Laura Montoya’s stubborn determination to [Read More...]

Hey! So who is calling the new pope ‘unorthodox’?

So, a faithful GetReligion reader was working his way through a story printed by The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., when a most unorthodox turn of phrase reared up and slapped him in his Catholic face. The story focused on the fact that the sudden death of the local Catholic shepherd, Bishop Joseph McFadden, was going [Read More...]

Mysterious deluge of unreported Catholics

I’m on a few of those neighborhood list-servs. One of them is for area parents. One of the members is a local reporter and she asks for interviews with folks for various stories she’s working on. Well, one of her recent stories was related to the Newtown massacre. Had any parents, she wanted to know, [Read More...]

This NY Times Easter correction is a doozie

The reporter who passed this one along to us wrote, simply: they just make it real easy for you guys, don’t they? Another reporter on Twitter put it: That NYT correction has to be throwing @GetReligion HQ into all-hands-on-deck mode. “I need EVERYONE ON THIS NOW!” Sadly, we’ve had such reason to be down on [Read More...]

So what was Pope Francis up to on Holy Thursday?

So, this pope vs. pope theme has been building, in mainstream coverage, during the amazing early days of Pope Francis. Have you noticed? One of the world’s top reporters on all things Catholic has noticed, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Here’s a classic example of the genre, drawn from a Reuters report: [Read More...]


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