Praying the Post

Reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee in one hand and a rosary in the other.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006
Because Good Friday in Rome is all about secular America

How can something be so unbelievable and so predictable at the same time?

The front page of today's Post has a nice Reuters picture of Pope Benedict XVI from Good Friday's Celebration of the Passion of the Lord. This is the caption, adapted from a Reuters article written by Philip Pullella:
Pope Benedict XVI presides over the ceremony of the Good Friday Passion of the Lord Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. He led a procession around the Colosseum and heard 14 meditations, one lamenting a "diabolical pride aimed at eliminating the family," an apparent reference to gay marriage and abortion.
Let's set aside the "Good Friday Passion of the Lord Mass" solecism; perhaps all the copy editors took Friday off.

There were fourteen meditations, comprising more than seventeen hundred words. Yet the Post chose to quote just seven of them on page A-1, seven that the Post could fit comfortably into the narrow rut of acceptable journalistic perspectives on the Catholic Church.

Again I wonder, are there no actual practicing Catholics at the Post? Someone to say, "No, really, there's more to the Church than socially conservative politics."?