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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...
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 24, 2014
GR reader contributes a little ghost-spotting of his own
You know that cliché about some stories writing themselves? Well, sometimes a reader fairly writes...
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 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 23, 2014
Pope Francis to the media: Try being good neighbors
Think of this as a one-time GetReligion commentary from a guest who is an expert,...
January 16, 2014
Journalists editing Pope Francis: Who are we to judge?
Sometimes, in this tricky world of media criticism, it's hard to pay attention to what...
September 02, 2013
How to follow totally secular Syria news on Twitter
The goal here at GetReligion is, of course, to look at the good and the...
August 22, 2013
So, is Benedict XVI lying about motives for his retirement?
So let's say that The Telegraph prints a story from its Rome bureau about the...
August 04, 2013
Pod People: CBS asks if Pope is breaking with Vatican
The previous week gave us a lot to talk about here at GetReligion. Check out...
July 31, 2013
The ghost in Bud Day’s obituary
Of the many wonderful parts of the New York Times, my favorite is the obituary...
July 29, 2013
Media obsession dangers: Pope and gay priests edition
Ermagerd, everybody! The Pope has renounced all church teaching on everything! Stop the presses! Start...
July 08, 2013
Can we get some historical context on the canonized popes?
If you're elected Bishop of Rome, you join one of the world's most exclusive lists....
June 21, 2013
Round two: How not to report on a miracle
Being recognized as a saint in the Catholic Church is a difficult process -- almost...
June 21, 2013
Miracle caused by mere memory of John Paul II?
There has been another development in the canonization case of the Blessed John Paul II,...
June 20, 2013
Pod people: Vatican gay lobby or a gay Lobby?
Where should the stress be placed in Pope Francis' phrase the "gay lobby"? Upon the...
June 14, 2013
Got news? Is a global ‘war on Christianity’ newsworthy?
Would it be newsworthy if a U.S. Senator claimed in a public address that American...
May 30, 2013
The big questions facing that out gay Catholic priest
It is my experience, through my decades on the religion beat, that liberal Catholics genuinely...
May 26, 2013
Why was Vatican mentioned in Womenpriest story?
The editor will be announced in an LA Daily News board meeting. The printing press,...
May 23, 2013
Pope Francis’ ‘obsession’ with the devil
It's kind of charming that all popes have to deal with bad media coverage and...
May 21, 2013
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...
April 22, 2013
Womenpriests again: The people vs. paper scenario
Anyone who has ever worked on the religion beat knows the drill. You are writing...
March 30, 2013
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...
March 15, 2013
Flooding the papal coverage zone
We've certainly seen some abysmally bad religion news coverage ever since Pope Benedict XVI announced...
March 14, 2013
Vatican secret ballots aren’t democratic?
Friends, I took a nasty fall a couple of days ago and have seriously injured...
March 13, 2013
Dudes with red hats deadlocked on pope winner
The religion news world remains on pope watch, awaiting the selection of Benedict XVI's successor....
March 12, 2013
Interviewing ‘everyone’ about the conclave
I love that biting Leonard Cohen song "Everybody Knows." It begins: Everybody knows that the...
March 11, 2013
Remember to substantiate charges
The International Business Times sure has a scoop. Headline: Conclave 2013: Pope Benedict XVI 'Did...
March 08, 2013
All the anonymous Vatican voices in the Gray Lady
At this point in the conclave process, I'm sure that millions of liberal Catholics are...
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