The Mainstream Media School of Religion Reporting …

… most recently on display in the awful reportage about the Pope Francis interview, is illustrated by an old, old joke:

A man goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Help me, doc! I can’t stop thinking about sex!”

The doctor puts him on the couch and begins to show him ink blots. “What does this one look like?” the doctor asks.

“A penis,” the man says.

“And this one?”

“A vagina,” the man says.

“And this one?”

“That’s two people doing it in bed.”

The shrink puts down the pictures and says, “You’re right: you are clearly obsessed with sex.”

“Me?!” the outraged man replies. “You’re the one showing me all the filthy pictures!”

* * *

That, in brief, is how the sexually obsessed media–more interested in covering Miley’s gross, sad little bump-n-grind than a looming attack on Syria–transfers their sexual obsessions to the Catholic church.

Our job is to preach Christ, and him crucified, for free. Their job is to sell ads and papers to a decadent culture.

See also: The Anchoress.

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  • Maggie Goff

    You tell ‘em! :)

  • Thomas Collins

    It’s a race which is more dismal, science or religion reporting. It might be fun to mash up “Study Sows” and “Pope Says” headlines.

    Those who can, do.
    Those who can’t teach.
    Those who can do neither, report.

  • steve5656546346

    All true! Yet, when is our Pope going to figure this out, and adjust his communication style accordingly? Perhaps even say less words?

  • Sir Mark

    Man, I love bashing the media as much as the next guy, but it seems to me that the folks in the “sex-obsessed media” gave quite a bit of coverage to the Syrian situation, and the writers here at the Patheos Catholic Channel talked quite a bit about Miley Cyrus.


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