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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AP Corrects Numerous Errors in Septic-Tank Baby Story

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St. Mary’s home for mothers and babies

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Just weeks after publishing a sensational story about a Catholic-run orphanage where hundreds of so-called unbaptized children were allegedly buried in a septic tank, the Associated Press (AP) has published a correction of many key details in the story that have since been proven false.

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Beware of Phony Common Core Poll

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll claiming that a majority of Americans are in favor of Common Core has been found to contain several serious flaws that make it a completely worthlsurvey formess barometer of the public’s sentiments about the controversial curriculum.

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Bishop Addresses Perils of Pornography

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Guest Blog By Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D.

 In 2006, Bishop Paul Loverde published an eye-opening pastoral letter on the plague of pornography entitled Bought with a Price.  This letter brought to light a serious epidemic that has affected millions of Catholics, yet few were willing to talk about.  Thanks to Bishop Loverde, and many other Catholics who aren’t afraid to speak out about pornography, more people are willing to address this issue.  We have the research that shows how destructive pornography is.  We have effective ways to protect individuals and families.  We have effective treatment programs for those who struggle with pornography addiction.  Yet, even with all this progress, the pornography epidemic has only gotten worse.  Because of this, Bishop Loverde has decided to update and republish Bought with a Price.  He has chosen to release the document on March 19th, the Feast of St. Joseph, Protector of the Family. Read the rest…