4.12.2010

Headlines

A lot of people lost their sponsored children in the earthquake that happened in Haiti back in January. I got a letter from mine today: her school collapsed, but she is all right and everyone in her village apparently survived uninjured. Thanks be to God. On my to-do list this week: Write that sweet girl and let her know how glad we are that she's okay.

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A long list of reasons prevents me from talking much about current events and politics on this blog, not the least of which is that the mainstream media can irritate me a little beyond rationality. Just because I've yet to see an AP story hold up under a fact-check when it contains an attention-grabbing headline with the words "Vatican" or "Pope" in it, doesn't mean that such things don't exist or that all media personnel are of Rita Skeeter's ilk. I don't read them all, or even all that many. But I do get frustrated by the frequent reliance upon misunderstandings, assumptions, narrow perspective, the use of high-profile words and names to sell a story and the occasional outright lie.

As for the current hoopla, Timothy Radcliffe did a decent job of explaining my feelings, with a little more charity than I might have been tempted to use toward the press. Thank you, sir.

4 comments:

  1. As someone who is sometimes tempted to join one of the Anglican churches that is accepting the pope's offer to re-establish communion with Rome, I've been very interested in the responses of Catholics whose opinions I trust and respect on the current situation. thanks for the link.

    And also the reminder that I haven't written my Compassion kids in a while, and need to do that soon!

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  2. You're welcome, Travis. And if you do join in with one of those groups, let me know how it goes. I'm more than a little intrigued by them.

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  3. Travis, if you join an Anglican body, we'd have the four major liturgical church bodies covered. Roman Catholic (Jenna), Orthodox (John), Lutheran (me), & then Anglican.

    Wouldn't that be cool? We'd have to come up with some sort of name play off of the Four Horsepeople or something like that. :)

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  4. George, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! That made me laugh and laugh. Hmm. Is it better to be the great conqueror or the guy with the scales? I doubt anyone will want association with Death and Hades or the guy sowing war and discord. LOL.

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