Pope Francis takes the Secular media to Mass

by Datechguy | April 27th, 2014

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Pope Francis takes the Secular media to Mass

At the end of the first run EWTN cov­er­age of the Papal can­on­iza­tion mass Ray­mond Arroyo made a point to thank Mother Angel­ica the 91-​year-​old for found­ing the net­work and allow­ing the cov­er­age of the his­toric cer­e­mony and Mass.

Most of the time that is exactly right. As a gen­eral rule if you wanted to see a can­on­iza­tion mass in full EWTN is the only place to go.

Not today.

When I turned on the TV at the tail end of the mass Fox News & MSNBC were car­ry­ing the mass, and while CNN was not at this point I’m informed by Sissy Willis that they too car­ried the mass live, albeit not with­out a hic­cup or two.

Not hav­ing seen the CNN cov­er­age I can’t com­ment on any spin Delia Gal­lagher might have been employ­ing but in one sense that is cor­rect. This event had a cul­ture wars com­po­nent and was in fact a sig­nif­i­cant vic­tory for the Church.

A vital com­po­nent in demo­niz­ing an orga­ni­za­tion or group of peo­ple is igno­rance. There are plenty of preach­ers who’ve spent a life­time paint­ing the pic­ture of an idol wor­ship­ing bunch of heretics. Like­wise there are a bunch of peo­ple in the media and on the left who have spent decades paint­ing the church as a bunch of woman hat­ing big­oted pederasts.

For them this has been an unmit­i­gated dis­as­ter in a year of disaster.

First you have the elec­tion of the first Latin Amer­i­can pope. It forced them to nar­row their attacks to avoid any appear­ance of hit­ting Fran­cis for fear of a back­lash. Fran­cis’ hum­ble ways haven’t made it easy.

Then you have a Pope who using social media effec­tively. Mil­lions of peo­ple fol­low his tweets in seven lan­guages with­out a filter.

Next you have the can­on­iza­tion of Pope John Paul II, A man not only in the liv­ing mem­ory of any­one 20 years old or over but who tens or even hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple alive have seen or met in per­son. In a celebrity obsessed cul­ture A week’s worth of crit­i­cal media sto­ries on him can’t counter a some­one able to say about an actual saint: “I saw him” “I met him” effect.

Pope John Paul II can­on­iza­tion might still have been an open­ing for divi­sion until Fran­cis decided to sched­ule it together with John XXIII. Sud­denly it became harder to split the var­i­ous camps within the church for the cer­e­mony of the Pope who started Vat­i­can II.

Finally you have the first can­on­iza­tion cer­e­mony of Pope Fran­cis AND the pres­ence of a Pope emer­i­tus mak­ing it a four pope event some­thing unheard of in his­tory mak­ing it a story that the cable net­works prac­ti­cally had to cover live.

Of all the things that have gone wrong for the Catholic haters since Fran­cis’ elec­tion this is the worst. If you want to por­tray the Catholic Church as a bunch of stuck up big­ots who hate woman or her­alds of the anti-​christ the last thing you want is peo­ple see­ing a live mass filled with mil­lions of the joy­ful faith­ful in wor­ship­ing in a set­ting and cer­e­mony filled with the Holy Spirit.

Try explain­ing that away.

After today things will set­tle back to nor­mal, the media will do their best to spin the church and the faith­ful will have to go to EWTN to avoid that spin.

But for today that fil­ter was largely gone, that’s going to leave a cul­tural mark that will take a lot of effort to erase.

Which I sus­pect is just how the Holy Spirit planned it.

Update: Ed Mor­ris­sey links:

I won­der if Fern and Rose­mary made the trip this time. Around three mil­lion of us crowded into and around the Vat­i­can in 2011, and while we haven’t yet heard the final esti­mates of the crowd size, I’m bet­ting this was larger. I would have loved to have returned for this event, but it wasn’t in the cards. My friends Kathryn Jean Lopez and Char­maine Yoest have kept me and other Twit­ter fol­low­ers up to date on their expe­ri­ences, so this time I’m expe­ri­enc­ing it vicariously.

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At the end of the first run EWTN coverage of the Papal canonization mass Raymond Arroyo made a point to thank Mother Angelica the 91-year-old for founding the network and allowing the coverage of the historic ceremony and Mass.

Most of the time that is exactly right. As a general rule if you wanted to see a canonization mass in full EWTN is the only place to go.

Not today.

When I turned on the TV at the tail end of the mass Fox News & MSNBC were carrying the mass, and while CNN was not at this point I’m informed by Sissy Willis that they too carried the mass live, albeit not without a hiccup or two.

Not having seen the CNN coverage I can’t comment on any spin Delia Gallagher might have been employing but in one sense that is correct. This event had a culture wars component and was in fact a significant victory for the Church.

A vital component in demonizing an organization or group of people is ignorance. There are plenty of preachers who’ve spent a lifetime painting the picture of an idol worshiping bunch of heretics. Likewise there are a bunch of people in the media and on the left who have spent decades painting the church as a bunch of woman hating bigoted pederasts.

For them this has been an unmitigated disaster in a year of disaster.

First you have the election of the first Latin American pope. It forced them to narrow their attacks to avoid any appearance of hitting Francis for fear of a backlash. Francis’ humble ways haven’t made it easy.

Then you have a Pope who using social media effectively. Millions of people follow his tweets in seven languages without a filter.

Next you have the canonization of Pope John Paul II, A man not only in the living memory of anyone 20 years old or over but who tens or even hundreds of millions of people alive have seen or met in person. In a celebrity obsessed culture A week’s worth of critical media stories on him can’t counter a someone able to say about an actual saint: “I saw him” “I met him” effect.

Pope John Paul II canonization might still have been an opening for division until Francis decided to schedule it together with John XXIII. Suddenly it became harder to split the various camps within the church for the ceremony of the Pope who started Vatican II.

Finally you have the first canonization ceremony of Pope Francis AND the presence of a Pope emeritus making it a four pope event something unheard of in history making it a story that the cable networks practically had to cover live.

Of all the things that have gone wrong for the Catholic haters since Francis’ election this is the worst. If you want to portray the Catholic Church as a bunch of stuck up bigots who hate woman or heralds of the anti-christ the last thing you want is people seeing a live mass filled with millions of the joyful faithful in worshiping in a setting and ceremony filled with the Holy Spirit.

Try explaining that away.

After today things will settle back to normal, the media will do their best to spin the church and the faithful will have to go to EWTN to avoid that spin.

But for today that filter was largely gone, that’s going to leave a cultural mark that will take a lot of effort to erase.

Which I suspect is just how the Holy Spirit planned it.

Update:  Ed Morrissey links:

I wonder if Fern and Rosemary made the trip this time. Around three million of us crowded into and around the Vatican in 2011, and while we haven’t yet heard the final estimates of the crowd size, I’m betting this was larger. I would have loved to have returned for this event, but it wasn’t in the cards. My friends Kathryn Jean Lopez and Charmaine Yoest have kept me and other Twitter followers up to date on their experiences, so this time I’m experiencing it vicariously.

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