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The Catholic Position Radio Show

In late 1945 Abp. John T. McNicholas opened a weekly radio program entitled, “The Catholic Position.” This six-week program was structured to have selected priests of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati explain the Catholic position on many questions of the day, especially as the world had just experienced a massive and devastating war. Abp. McNicholas gave the first talk and focused on the idea of a totalitarian government and why it is wrong in principle. With the Cold War about to begin, the Church and the whole United States was very eager to fight against communism.  …

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Pope Francis: Person of the Year

Today is Pope Francis’ 77th birthday! Say a prayer for the Holy Father, and enjoy this post by Dan Andriacco about the pope’s recent Person of the Year recognition. Time Magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, only the third pope so honored by the magazine (after Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II). That’s hardly surprising. Who else has captured the attention of the world in 2013 as he has since his election? Also in the running for the recognition, and in the top 10 possibilities, was singer Miley Cyrus. Perhaps the …

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Pope Francis and the Media

Almost from the day he was elected to the Chair of Peter, Pope Francis has displayed a propensity for making eye-brow raising comments. But the next time you want to ask, “He said WHAT?” maybe you ought to read the entire interview or statement at issue. The secular news organizations hardly ever do a good job of covering religion, and the reporting on Pope Francis lately has been just plain abysmal. The pope’s recent highly publicized interview that appeared in America magazine and its Italian Jesuit counterpart ran to 12,000 words. Most media organizations quoted …

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Pope Francis and Gays

As a former journalist with 24 years as a reporter and editor at a daily newspaper, I try to be understanding when news coverage of the Catholic Church falls short of the gold standard. News budgets at TV stations and newspapers have been shredded over the last decade, causing staffs to shrink. Few news organizations have religion experts on staff. But the recent media feeding frenzy over Pope Francis’s off-the-cuff remarks about homosexuality was truly exasperating. Let’s see what the Holy Father actually said. Here’s a transcript provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: …

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Sidetracked by Sports Heroes and Breaking News

What is it with these sensationalized news stories over a sports figure that is alleged to have killed his love interest? Is it because its about a sports figure and it makes for good drama-more like soap opera drama? “Who-shot-JR” kind of drama. Only this has become the real life, constant, breaking news cycle-the kind of breaking news which lasts for days, even weeks. Yawn. I’m tired of breaking news. I want breaking news when its actually breaking news. Or maybe it is news but not of the gargantuan variety like a mass school shooting …

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