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People Who Love Papal

March 15th, 2013 - 10:09 am

This is NBC News!

There’s an old saying that goes something like, “Everyone has two businesses, his own and show business.” I think something similar could be said about the Catholic Church. Everyone who cares about Christianity — perhaps everyone who cares about western religion at all — feels he has a stake in it. A Catholic would say this is because his is the one true church, but it’s probably just because for so many centuries the history of the Catholic Church and the history of the west were fully intertwined.

In any case, when someone wants to talk about Christianity as oppressive or backward, they immediately begin a learned discussion about how the pope killed and devoured Galileo. If a screenwriter needs a character to battle the devil, he brings in a Catholic priest. (If you just want to make the devil laugh, you call an Episcopalian.) And when a new pope is chosen, everyone seems to take an interest and everyone seems to have an opinion. This remains true even if the person with an opinion doesn’t know a single thing about the Catholic Church or religion or history or anything — by which I mean, he’s an American journalist.

I was in L.A. when the announcement was made — which is to say I was stuck in my car listening to the whole thing on the radio. And the coverage by our friends in the media was genuinely hilarious — really laugh-out-loud, wipe-your-eyes funny. The going theory seemed to be that there had been some sort of tension in the conclave between choosing a new pope who would adhere to the 2,000-year-old teachings of Catholicism or choosing one who would lighten up and finally begin to accept the deeper truth of the journalist’s trendy opinions. To the media, it was clearly a disappointing surprise when church doctrine won out.

My friends at the Media Research Center caught the tenor of the coverage by linking to this NBC.Com “To Do List,” for the new pope, which included this gem:

6. Modernization. Majorities of Catholics in the United States have said in surveys that they want the pope to lead the church in a more liberal direction. A New York Times/CBS News poll of Catholics last week found that six in 10 support gay marriage, and seven in 10 want the church to allow birth control. Three-quarters supported abortion in at least some circumstances. In Argentina, then-Cardinal Bergoglio clashed with the president over a 2010 law allowing gay marriage. “It is a move by the father of lies to confuse and deceive the children of God,” he said.

Here’s my “To Do List,” for NBC.com:

1. Get a Clue.  Guess whose job it isn’t to bring the church in line with public opinion? If you answered, “The Pope,” you are correct. Knuckleheads.

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God bless this good and holy man as he goes about the ministry to which God has clearly called him. And God bless Pope Francis, too.
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Ha! That's ironic how you compare him to Mr. Pryce. The actor once played Martin Luther in a 90's film! It was called, "Martin Luther: Heretic"
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Sorry, I'm not a Catholic, but most of my best friends are: and sadly, some are what would have been called Fabian socialists back in the day. And yet, they go to Mass, and are cantors in their church and pray regularly. They are left wing for the same reason that my pastor (and evangelical christian) voted for Obama. They are anti-war; anti-death penalty; and they suffer from the delusion that Democrats are anti-poverty and pro-social justice. Mr. Klavan is one of the (too rare) voices explaining that said delusion is true because the progressives own the Academy, Big Hollywood and most of the lesser media.
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Matt Lauer is a Great Humanitarian!
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Love the tag line Klavan! People who love Papal

What a hoot!
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Why can't the Church be hip and with-it like the beautiful people?
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If American Catholics were true believers, Obama would have lost back in 2008.
I simply do not understand how a christian can support democrats in this country.
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Congratulations to the PJM staffer or contributor who had the idea and the means to implement showing the photo of Lauer under a mitre. However, in the near future don't go outside if you hear thunder.
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Klavan,
Always like your essays. Miss your 'Klavan on the Culture' videos at PJTV. Your humor is a helpful tonic for those who oppose the insanity that rules our country and other parts of the world.
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"...my hope that (the church) would so meld with modern concerns and prejudices that there would finally be no way of distinguishing the wisdom of the centuries from the leftist fad of the moment."

Could change "the church" to any institution.
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There is in fact no Catholic vote or opinion; millions of Americans who call themselves Catholics do not believe in anythign the Church teaches and have not been inside a Catholic Church for decades excluding the odd funeral or wedding. These Catholics are basically followers of the Democrat religion; a religion that teaches that they should worship Obama and or Ted Kennedy as the sources of all good and all virtue. They only say they are Catholic in order to give ammunition to the New York Times to attack the Church.
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ye with little faith, I believe those who have been baptized as babies as Roman Catholics , The Great angels and their guardian angels work overtime to get them back to their faith.
With this new Holy Pope of Rome this may be much easy to do. our last Holy POPe of Rome reminded all of us how years have gone by and Nazi Germany did not return to Germany to create nation axis of power for all those years up to 2005
However it is possible Germany go back to creating Axis of power with Atheist Communist Capitalist Red China soon. This is why I believe uniting the three Abraham faiths can perhaps nip this in the bud in Europe and even Germany stop doing the old ignorant Axis of power way
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