The MSM Unclear on the Concept of the Pope & Church

by Datechguy | February 12th, 2013

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The MSM Unclear on the Concept of the Pope & Church

Enter through the nar­row gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruc­tion, and those who enter through it are many. How nar­row the gate and con­stricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” Matthew 7:13 – 14

Dur­ing her ini­tial post on the sub­ject of the Pope’s upcom­ing res­ig­na­tion Eliz­a­beth Scalia put up an update say­ing the fol­low­ing:

I’m kind of appalled at how some mem­bers of the press are react­ing to this. The announce­ment wasn’t two hours old when the cable news gas­bags started in with their “wish list” and express­ing hopes that the next pope “gets it right” on the “impor­tant issues.” A few sound like they’re all but cross­ing a line through this pon­tif­i­cate with zero under­stand­ing or appre­ci­a­tion of what it has actu­ally been.

That evening was even worse, All the MSM net­works focused on dis­si­dents and CNN gave dis­si­dents cen­ter stage although they have as much cred­i­bil­ity and influ­ence as the Lyn­don LaRouche cam­paign has on Amer­i­can elec­tions. Unlike the LaRou­ch­ites the Catholic dis­si­dents’ agenda is the MSM agenda, there­fore when­ever the oppor­tu­nity arises they’ll give them a push so they can pay for the fax machine and letterhead

Note she says she’s appalled, not sur­prised. Nei­ther am I.

At noon on Mon­day I watched Alex Wag­ner, EJ Dionne and Jonathan Cape­hart fan­ta­size about the church going lib­eral but there was one sin­gle voice of pseudo real­ity in the mix, Chris Matthews.

While Matthews was just as desir­ing the church to aban­don Catholic belief he was real­is­tic enough to throw water on the idea there is: “any big lib­eral out there” who can get win the vote, but he is still talk­ing about this entire process as if it’s a precinct elec­tion in Brooklyn.

The truth is to many on the left and a few on the right Chris­tian­ity in gen­eral and the Catholic Church in par­tic­u­lar is a prob­lem to be solved, not a faith to be under­stood or explained and cer­tainly not to be embraced as it.

Let me take a moment to edu­cate a media igno­rant of the Church’s mis­sion and those who depend on this unin­formed group for their info on the Catholic Church.

The Church has a sin­gle pur­pose, a sin­gle mis­sion a sin­gle task that is the source for all it does: It exists to bring souls to Christ and save them from Damna­tion. This is the task of every per­son in the church from the low­est novice to the Pope. The Holy Father’s task more­over as leader of the Catholic Church is to facil­i­tate this task on a world­wide scale.

It’s that simple.

As Christ him­self has told us, this task is dif­fi­cult, like hit­ting a base­ball the best will fail far more times than they suc­ceed. In fact not only does the job descrip­tion say the world will resist you, friends will become foes. It will make you hated as Christ him­self said:

Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daugh­ter against her mother, and a daughter-​in-​law against her mother-​in-​law; and one’s ene­mies will be those of his house­hold.  Matt 10:34 – 36

What’s more that task trumps all other deeds, and works. If you are a reli­gious and the focus of what you are doing is not to bring some­one to Christ, you’re doing it wrong. Once your min­istry no mat­ter what it is becomes about you and YOUR cause and not about Christ’s cause, you not only fail to save oth­ers but you put your­self at risk.

If you want to under­stand the Church, its mag­is­terium, the scrip­tures, or why the Pope does what he does, under­stand that mes­sage first.

Any­thing else is just noise.

Update: Ed Mor­ris­sey expands on the subject:

Much of the report­ing, how­ever, is as non­sen­si­cal as Hugh describes, either out of igno­rance or some­thing worse. Part of it, though, comes from the nar­row con­texts in which work and ana­lyze the news, espe­cially through the prism of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. That pro­duces “analy­sis” which in this case would have read­ers and view­ers believe that the Church changes doc­trine with each Pope, an absur­dity that will end up back­fir­ing when the next Pope is just as Catholic as Bene­dict XVI and every one of his predecessors.

As every sin­gle Car­di­nal who is vot­ing for the next Pope was appointed by either John Paul II or Bene­dict XVI the folks like the nude pro­test­ers who think the Church is going to sud­denly decide to throw out that whole Bible have the same odds of being right as I do of get­ting a sud­den invi­ta­tion to sit next to the First Lady at the SOTU speech tonight.

Update 2: The Tele­graph gets it:

Robert Mick­ens, Vat­i­can cor­re­spon­dent for The Tablet, said: “These are uncharted waters, we have never had an elec­tion in which a for­mer pope was still alive.

By resign­ing he has assured that he can have an influ­ence on who becomes his suc­ces­sor. One of his guys is prob­a­bly going to be elected Pope.

It will be psy­cho­log­i­cally dif­fi­cult for the car­di­nals to vote for some­one who wants to take the Church in a very dif­fer­ent direc­tion than Benedict.

That’s a very good point.

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”  Matthew 7:13-14

During her initial post on the subject of the Pope’s upcoming resignation Elizabeth Scalia put up an update saying the following:

I’m kind of appalled at how some members of the press are reacting to this. The announcement wasn’t two hours old when the cable news gasbags started in with their “wish list” and expressing hopes that the next pope “gets it right” on the “important issues.” A few sound like they’re all but crossing a line through this pontificate with zero understanding or appreciation of what it has actually been.

That evening was even worse, All the MSM networks focused on dissidents and CNN gave dissidents center stage although they have as much credibility and influence as the Lyndon LaRouche campaign has on American elections. Unlike the LaRouchites the Catholic dissidents’ agenda is the MSM agenda, therefore whenever the opportunity arises they’ll give them a push so they can pay for the fax machine and letterhead

Note she says she’s appalled, not surprised. Neither am I.

At noon on Monday I watched Alex Wagner, EJ Dionne and Jonathan Capehart fantasize about the church going liberal but there was one single voice of pseudo reality in the mix, Chris Matthews.

While Matthews was just as desiring the church to abandon Catholic belief he was realistic enough to throw water on the idea there is:   “any big liberal out there” who can get win the vote, but he is still talking about this entire process as if it’s a precinct election in Brooklyn.

The truth is to many on the left and a few on the right Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular is a problem to be solved, not a faith to be understood or explained and certainly not to be embraced as it.

Let me take a moment to educate a media ignorant of the Church’s mission and those who depend on this uninformed group for their info on the Catholic Church.

The Church has a single purpose, a single mission a single task that is the source for all it does: It exists to bring souls to Christ and save them from Damnation. This is the task of every person in the church from the lowest novice to the Pope. The Holy Father’s task moreover as leader of the Catholic Church is to facilitate this task on a worldwide scale.

It’s that simple.

As Christ himself has told us, this task is difficult, like hitting a baseball the best will fail far more times than they succeed. In fact not only does the job description say the world will resist you, friends will become foes. It will make you hated as Christ himself said:

Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.   Matt 10:34-36

What’s more that task trumps all other deeds, and works. If you are a religious and the focus of what you are doing is not to bring someone to Christ, you’re doing it wrong. Once your ministry no matter what it is becomes about you and YOUR cause and not about Christ’s cause, you not only fail to save others but you put yourself at risk.

If you want to understand the Church, its magisterium, the scriptures, or why the Pope does what he does, understand that message first.

Anything else is just noise.

Update: Ed Morrissey expands on the subject:

Much of the reporting, however, is as nonsensical as Hugh describes, either out of ignorance or something worse. Part of it, though, comes from the narrow contexts in which work and analyze the news, especially through the prism of American politics. That produces “analysis” which in this case would have readers and viewers believe that the Church changes doctrine with each Pope, an absurdity that will end up backfiring when the next Pope is just as Catholic as Benedict XVI and every one of his predecessors.

As every single Cardinal who is voting for the next Pope was appointed by either John Paul II or Benedict XVI the folks like the nude protesters who think the Church is going to suddenly decide to throw out that whole Bible have the same odds of being right as I do of getting a sudden invitation to sit next to the First Lady at the SOTU speech tonight.

Update 2: The Telegraph gets it:

Robert Mickens, Vatican correspondent for The Tablet, said: “These are uncharted waters, we have never had an election in which a former pope was still alive.

“By resigning he has assured that he can have an influence on who becomes his successor. One of his guys is probably going to be elected Pope.

“It will be psychologically difficult for the cardinals to vote for someone who wants to take the Church in a very different direction than Benedict.

That’s a very good point.

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