Why isn’t the Church/pope/bishop speaking out on “X?” Why do they seem so obsessed with sex when there is so much going on???
Funny how that seems isn’t it? The fact is that the Church/pope/bishop IS speaking out on many of the hot button issues that are near and dear to your heart. The problem is: How do they get the message to YOU?
Firstly, the media has to be willing to print/report/post what was said. You can send out a million press releases and hold ten thousand press conferences, but if someone doesn’t think it will sell or, and let’s be honest, if they are opposed to the Church, it will not make its way to your senses.
That is the supposed purpose of the diocesan newspaper. It is to be the voice of the bishop and the diocese. Sadly that is not always the case. Further, print is just going the way of the buggy whip. It was announced this past week that the Diocese of Cleveland’s newspaper the Catholic Universe Bulletin (coolest name ever) is going out of print.
For years I have been hoping to find someone to write an article for the parish bulletin (I may have finally found somebody) who would scour the internet, Vatican, diocesan, NCCB, etc . . . and give the briefest of summaries on what is going on and being said in the Church and giving links so people CAN read and catch up.
The other problem is that the Church seems so obsessed with SEX. But it comes back to how a story is reported. It is fun (but sad) to read an article in the paper about something the pope said concerning the mating habits of humans which makes the headlines and absorbs 90% of the article only to find out that it was a passing comment within a much broader and far more important talk.
How do we get our voice back? I know our diocese is looking for alternatives and not only online. My hope is that not only will the form of the news reach each person but that the content will be worthwhile. We don’t need any more fluff. In the meantime we must be pro-active. Do not take the T.V. or the local newspaper or internet story as the complete Gospel on Church reporting. If something catches you, look it up on line. Be careful of which sources you choose. Scour the Vatican, USCCB, and diocesan websites. Find original materials. It’s work, but for now, if you want it, you have to look for it.