We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Anti-Catholic Bigotry in Headlines

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

I had no idea how widespread and acceptable among so many that anti-Catholic bigotry was until I became Catholic and realized that such prejudice could be found everywhere, among one's supposedly enlightened co-workers, spewing out of the mouths of teenagers and retirees alike sitting at adjacent tables at a local coffee bar, vile humour in the form of false stereotypes parroted by hack comedians, ignorant reporters perpetuating the same false stereotypes, and pastors of non-Catholic communities knocking down others in order to make themselves look good.

What is the justification for newspapers printing an expletive ridden quote that has the intended or unintended effect of misleading readers into believing a Catholic priest issued said quote?

The media campaign to skew perceptions by having associated bad things with the term 'priest' has been very successful in a diabolical way. The media has yet to rediscover its dignity, a dignity fully realized by by being organizations that serve the common good, promote civility and knowledge that serves the democratic ideals which underpin our societies.

Here is a sampling of recent headlines on a single subject that, in this lookie-loo world of drive by readers who easily perpetuate stereotypes because they assume they know all they need to know by having had a seven second glimpse of the headlines, contribute to serious misperceptions about Catholic priests and the Catholic Church.
That last headline is from the BBC, which is hardly surprising given its very public history of antipathy toward the Catholic Church:
A few online sources printed a clarifying headline that helped identify the quoted individual's actual affiliation which thus helped to mitigate any association with the Catholic Church:
Seriously, folks, are any of the headlines listed above actually worthy of print in the first place?

The individual quoted in the above headlines has complicated his life sufficiently and needs our forgiveness for having spoken his highly unfortunate choice of words. He faces disciplinary action within his ecclesial community. Apparently, according to one report, the Anglican minister is seeking help for alcoholism. Whatever the reason he chose to promote himself as someone associated with the Vatican, he does not need any additional condemnation to make his life any more miserable, to say nothing about what his family must be going through. The media, on the other hand, that sensationalized his comments and turned an individual into a tool to sell newspapers, their actions merit condemnation. Shame on them all for their crass tabloid journalism!

As for the state of ecumenical relations between Anglicans and Catholics? One report says enough:
“I’m not sure if he has anything to do with the Vatican because he is with the Church of England,” prosecutor Edward Aydin told Court News.
“There’s no relationship between those two religions,” Aydin said.
"There’s no relationship between those two religions...". In so many ways, so true.

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