The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops speaking out with concern about the Paul Ryan/GOP budget plan is a "step in the right direction," according to liberal MSNBC host Alex Wagner.
Catholics "are not a monolithic voting bloc," MSNBC host Alex Wagner reminded her panel on her Friday Now program. "There are a lot of Catholics in the country, and I could name a few, who think that the Church, you know, has been far too vocal on issues that don't matter and not nearly vocal enough on those that do." Apparently to Wagner, the USCCB's pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, and anti-ObamaCare contraception mandate are those pesky, inconsequential policy matters that the bishops waste their time on.
Of course, liberal journalists and pundits are often quite friendly to the Church when it makes statements that are favorable to the political Left and harshly critical when they make statements that are favored by the politically and socially cultural Right.
Indeed, Prof. Michael Eric Dyson, one of Wagner's panelists, praised the USCCB during the segment for its "long tradition of speaking about prophetic concerns for the poor," insisting that because of that, it "has to at least be taken into consideration."
Unfortunately, the Catholic Church's concern for the sanctity of marriage, the protection of the unborn, and the safeguarding of religious liberty -- otherwise known as a "toxic waste of time" to Wagner colleague Martin Bashir-- don't rise to the level of "prophetic" significance for the secular liberal media, especially their high priests at MSNBC.