By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Law Professor Points Out Very Misleading, Unprofessional Media Report on Pope

The professor's analysis puts the reporters in a very, very bad light. Any fair-minded person, regardless of theological belief or lack thereof, should be very disturbed by this type of unprofessional media coverage.  See link (which was referred to me by our Rhode Island friend).

Let us hope that this exposure will have a chastening effect on journalists covering these matter. These are matters that certainly should be covered and not ignored by the media; but accuracy and careful research are always required and essential, especially when dealing with such explosive implications and allegations.

To its credit, the media has helped the Church face up to these unignorable problems. But, of course, media distortions contribute nothing positive to anything, but actually set back the case for serious reform by distracting us from what needs to be done and giving some an excuse to ignore the media. We do not need to be diverted into another "culture wars" polemic. There is too much real work to do. More fundamentally, it is a very grave thing to destroy the character and reputation of a decent person, even if he is the leader of an institution that is highly unpopular and unfairly demonized in some circles.