Notre Dame Trustee Resigns; Chicago Trib Relays Claim She 'Didn't Real

June 9th, 2011 12:48 PM
There must be something in Chicagoland's drinking water which causes either acute memory loss or a persistent inability to pay attention. First, we had presidential candidate Barack Obama, who sat in Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ for nearly two decades, but who supposedly had no idea Pastor Wright was so hostile towards America ("US KKK of A"), its…

Chicago Trib Religion Blog Thunders From Online Pulpit with Rebuke of

April 5th, 2011 2:54 PM
With the looming possibility of a government shutdown and today's Republican 2012 budget proposal, you can expect the media to be hard at work amplifying the complaints of liberal Democrats that conservative-proposed budget cuts are extreme. Even newspaper sections or online features generally disconnected from politics are picking up on the meme. Take the Chicago Tribune's The Seeker…

ChiTrib Blogger: Do Pro-Abortion Nuns 'Strengthen the Church

December 10th, 2009 6:24 PM
In what is easily the dopiest question I've read from a religion blogger in a while, Chicago Tribune's Manya Brachear closed her  December 8 The Seeker blog post by asking readers if "dissenters" like pro-choice nun Sister Donna Quinn of Chicago "strengthen the church." In November, Quinn went public with news that she has "been rebuked for escorting patients into a…

ChiTrib's 'Seeker' Fails to Look for Orthodox View on Gay Congregation

July 1st, 2009 1:55 PM
In a June 28 "The Seeker" blog post asking, "[s]hould gay flocks have their own churches," Chicago Tribune religion reporter Manya Brachear failed to find a conservative, orthodox Christians or Jews to level a warning about the incompatibility of homosexuality and those faith traditions. "Three area churches who cater to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians…

Chicago Tribune Religion Reporter Wonders if Murder Is 'Inevitable' in

June 2nd, 2009 6:01 PM
"Has the non-negotiable stance and rhetoric against abortion rights strayed from the Scripture’s call to choose life and led to a grave disrespect for life even inside our houses of worship?"So asks Chicago Tribune religion reporter/blogger Manya Brachear in a June 1 The Seeker blog post, headlined "Is abortion inevitable consequence of abortion debate?" It followed in the…

Marking 144th Anniversary of Lincoln Assassination by Celebrating 'Mes

April 15th, 2009 4:16 PM
One hundred forty-four years after his assassination, Chicago Tribune religion blogger Manya Brachear hacked out an 11-paragraph post on how "Lincoln's death had sacred significance," according to some historians and Lincoln biographers."Harold Holzer, co-chair of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, said the Good Friday assassination earned Lincoln a permanent place in…

ChiTrib's Religion Blogger Chastises Pope, Suggests He 'Undermine(s) F

February 12th, 2009 1:12 PM
"So which is worse? Denying the Holocaust? Or condemning New Orleans?" That's how Chicago Tribune religion blogger Manya Brachear began her Feb. 11 The Seeker blog post, practically considering the Pope to be another politician who must watch out for how his PR blunders affect his poll numbers (emphasis mine):Shortly after Pope Benedict XVI quelled concerns last week regarding the…

ChiTrib's Religion Blogger: Seminarians Need Sex Ed

January 9th, 2009 1:55 PM
A group that "celebrate[s] the inherent goodness of adolescent sexuality" and calls for clergy to "speak out against... coercive parental notification and consent for reproductive health services" has just released a study that concludes by calling on American theological seminaries to go over the birds and bees with their students. Yet in reporting on the study by the…

Rev. Wright Attacks ABC, CNN, Time, Hannity, O'Reilly, Chicago Papers

December 8th, 2008 7:47 AM

ChiTrib Religion Blogger: Palin Should Have Talked Pentecostalism at D

October 6th, 2008 12:34 PM
"Does Palin have explaining to do," Chicago Tribune religion blogger Manya Brachear asked in her post-vice presidential debate blog post. Here's how Brachear opened her October 3 entry at her "The Seeker" blog:Pentecostals have called on the mainstream media to stop mocking their sister Sarah Palin. But when will the Republican vice-presidential candidate answer the questions…

ChiTrib Blogger Fails to Do Homework, Presents One-sided Story on Bap

September 29th, 2008 1:30 PM
Reporting on a decision by LifeWay Christian Stores to not promote a magazine whose cover story lauded female pastors, Chicago Tribune religion reporter Manya Brachear stacked the deck against the Christian bookseller, failing to speak to a staffer there for an explanation of a policy decision on a magazine the stores carry on their shelves. Yet if she had done her homework, Brachear may have…

ChiTrib Religion Blogger: 'Have Southern Baptists Lost Their Way

June 12th, 2008 2:58 PM
Chicago Tribune religion reporter and blogger Manya Brachear echoed a familiar liberal media meme about orthodox Christianity in her latest "The Seeker" blog post, "Have Southern Baptists lost their way?" (emphases mine): As a number of conservative Protestant denominations now face decline, leaders have chosen to batten down the hatches, endorse orthodoxy and herald the…

God and Grammar at the Chicago Tribune

April 25th, 2008 1:29 PM
In her April 24 post at The Seeker blog, Chicago Tribune's Manya Brachear asked readers how they would keep the peace between Armenian and Greek Orthodox priests that maintain the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Brachear also noted the concern at least one reader of the Tribune expressed as to the grammatically, historically, and theologically sloppy way in which the print edition…

ChiTrib Blogger: Fake Blood-splattering Protesters a 'Frustrated Facti

March 25th, 2008 12:18 PM
If you ask the average man on the street, regardless of his religion, he'd probably tell you that anyone who would disrupt an Easter Mass with a political protest -- complete with stage blood and attempted "die-in" -- is a jerk with little if any reverence for God or the sanctity of a church as a place of worship.But according to the Chicago Tribune's Manya Brachear the so-called…