Italian Journalist’s “Gotcha Moment” Backfires

confessionalCommentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

An Italian journalist looking for a “gotcha moment” is receiving reprimands from authorities in both the Church and the Italian media for pretending to be a penitent seeking absolution for sins such as cohabitation and being a lesbian mother, then publishing the priests’ responses.

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Media Deliberately Misrepresents Catholic School Protest in CA

archbishop cordileoneCommentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Because only a handful of students turned out for the March 12 protest against San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s new teacher’s contract, the media used footage from an earlier protest to make it look as if even the students are against the idea of preserving the Catholic identity in Catholic high schools.

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Vatican Bemoans Synod Distortions

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Thanks to a combination of irresponsible reporting and the vague language contained in the first document released by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, the Vatican was forced to issue a statement yesterday reminding the public that this is just a “working document” and reflects no doctrinal changes in Church teaching.

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Mainstream Media Covers for IRS . . . Again

newspapersCommentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

The mainstream media seems intent on tossing aside its mandate to educate and inform the public by consistently ignoring major news stories that impact negatively on liberal ideologies – including how the IRS is now targeting Christian churches as well as conservative groups.

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