Most people, he believes, came away thinking that the pope went for the main purpose of meeting sex abuse victims, and that Brits by and large weren't happy about him being there.
At least that's the impression he got after talking to his daily-Mass-going father-in-law out of state.
I started to wonder what sort of coverage the trip had received. After I hung up the phone, I searched through several newspaper websites. I clicked on the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe. Nothing, nothing, nothing. None of them mentioned on their home page the pope's just-completed trip.
When I got to work on Monday, I searched CNN Newsource, which provides newsfeeds to my show, "Currents," as well as to countless other news programs around the country. I found a grand total of one item, running about a minute long, slugged "Anti-Pope Demonstrations."
That was it.
Deacon Greg resists the temptation to accuse the media of anti-Catholic bias, instead seeing the "under-reporting, or un-reporting, or mis-reporting" of religion stories as a result of newsroom budget cuts. That beat is one of the first to go.
Call me old school, but there's something wrong here.
If my father-in-law, a fairly well-informed guy in the pews, didn't know what he didn't know, I have to wonder: how many others in the pews are also being left in the dark?
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