Sunday, October 09, 2005

Beat reporting, seriously

Jimmy Akin riffs on that Times of London story about the Catholic "hierarchy" ditching the Bible. It's funny, so go on and have look.
"THE hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true." Really! When did that happen? I thought Pope Benedict was tied up with the Synod of Bishops at the moment discussing the liturgy. Did someone sneak in an ecumenical council while we weren't looking? I mean, there's only two ways that "the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church" can issue a document in the name of the whole, and that's either through an action of the Vatican or through an ecumenical council, so it must have been one of those two things. ANY religion reporter qualified enough to keep her job would know THAT!
The Times story is rather sensational and the best part is that it probably would have been even more slanted if the bishops of England, Wales and Scotland had taken a hardline, literalist stance. Which would be a tough thing to do as Catholics. Perhaps it's reporter Ruth Gledhill's version of Heads I win, tails you loose, or perhaps it's just what passes for "lively" journalism in jolly old England, where they seem to take newspapers not all that seriously. They might just be on to something.

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