Is Mehmet Ali Agca crazy or just a bad Catholic?

The upcoming canonizations of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II have generated some very good press for the Roman Catholic Church. While a few articles have sought to punch holes in the reputations of the soon to be saints — a frequent criticism I have seen is that John Paul was negligent in disciplining the [Read More...]

The Independent asks why report when you can reprint PR?

How do you respond to a smear? If you are the Independent you respond with a smear of your own, it seems. The London-based daily has picked up a story from the web and without doing any investigation of its own, has concluded that what it reads on the internet is true. One would hope [Read More...]

Rihanna’s vague voguing in The Independent

What does “improper” mean when it comes to Rihanna — the Bajan pop star? The Independent in London circles hesitantly round this word in its report on Rihanna’s publicity stunt at a mosque in Abu Dhabi last week, but never quite explains what she did that violated Islamic taboos. Did Rihanna pull the sort of [Read More...]

God, guns but not gays from The Independent

Hypocrisy pays. Reading about the foibles of the great and good, the rich and famous sells newspapers. When you have a story that combines religion and hypocrisy you can count on a nice bump in circulation. Market forces determine newspaper content. It is difficult to sell church stories to an editor. A story on the [Read More...]

Removing religious voices from ‘right to die’ debate

The Court of Appeal for England and Wales has upheld the blanket ban on euthanasia and assisted suicide, holding there is no “right to die” under British and European Community law. The court in Nicklinson & Anor, R (on the application of) v A Primary Care Trust [2013] EWCA Civ 961 held there was no legal, moral [Read More...]

The Independent rings for the Church Police

Son: (Graham Chapman, coming in the door) ‘Ello Mum. ‘Ello Dad. Klaus: (Eric Idle) ‘Ello son. S: There’s a dead bishop on the landing, dad! K: Really? Mother: (Terry Jones) Where’s it from? S: Waddya mean? M: What’s its diocese? S: Well, it looked a bit Bath and Wells-ish to me. K: (getting up and [Read More...]


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