On the NBC show Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Catholic Church was roasted as a den of pedophiles. NBC probably shouldn't be mocking sexual abuse so casually....considering Matt Lauer's long reign of preying on young-adult female staffers. Seth Meyers reported: "The Vatican recently refused to host an international women's day conference because one of the speakers was a lesbian." Wrong. Writer Jenny Hagel added: "And because they're too busy hosting a 2,000-year-long pedophile convention."
Holy Week is upon us and Easter, the holiest day of the Christian year, is Sunday. NewsBusters readers won’t be surprised to hear that popular culture isn’t kind to Christians, but you may not have seen some of the worst examples to have polluted our television screens in the last year.
CNN International host Christiane Amanpour -- whose show is simulcast now on PBS stations -- lit into "homophobia" in the Catholic Church and all "Abrahamic faiths" in her Tuesday show. Her guest was Father James Martin, a controversial figure whose book is touted for showing "how the Rosary and the rainbow flag can peacefully meet one another." Amanpour said Pope Francis faced "a massive tsunami from the traditionalist wing."
CNN's six-part series, "Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History," debuts on March 11. It promises to be a comprehensive account of the history of the papacy, right up to the reforms of Vatican II. From the trailers posted online, the documentary will feature comments by such distinguished persons as Cardinal Donald Wuerl. But it also profiles strident enemies of the Catholic Church, such as Anthea Butler, a professor who has called God a "white racist."
Esta noticia desde Miami ocupa el espacio en el centro del anticatolicismo de Univisión y su promoción estridente de la agenda LGBTQ, lejos de la corriente de pensamiento de su teleaudiencia. La cadena logró un truco difícil: el cuestionar protecciones a la libertad religiosa mientras discretamente propulsa la ley que las destruiría.
Today's story out of Miami occupies the sweet spot in the Venn diagram comprised of Univision's anti-Catholicism and its strident LGBTQ advocacy, far from the mainstream of the network's viewership. The network pulled off a neat trick- casting aspersions on longstanding religious freedom protections while slyly advocating for the proposed law that would destroy them.
If you haven't seen TNT's sci-fi series The Librarians, the season four premiere "The Librarians and the Dark Secret" might not be the best place to start. The show centers on "an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around." The season four premiere, which aired on December 13, saw the group trying to save the Library of Alexandria by stopping a secret sect of the Catholic Church determined to use the library's cornerstones to destroy it.
SMILF, what are we going to do with you? Writer and star Frankie Shaw clearly hates Christianity, as that theme comes through in nearly every single episode. In the pilot, her character Bridgette told her baby's father Rafi that prayer isn't allowed in her home and, just a couple of weeks ago, she suggested that the Virgin Mary was raped by the apostles in order to father Jesus Christ. In case you were wondering, she doesn't have such vocal opinions about other religions, just Christianity. In the December 11 episode Chocolate Pudding & A Cooler of Gatorade, Rafi goes to church seeking help, and the priest forces a kiss on him.
Two years ago, I noted The Washington Post couldn’t find any staffers or any space to cover the closing of Amethyst Health Center for Women, the abortion clinic near my home in Manassas, Virginia. And now, the Post again could not find space when this former abortion clinic was blessed by the local Catholic bishop Michael Burbidge as the new Mother of Mercy Free Clinic. To pro-lifers, it felt like a modern miracle, decades of prayer answered.
Spotlight won an Oscar for best picture in 2016 for its portrayal of the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. At least nine of those associated with this film have worked with Harvey Weinstein, yet eight have said nothing about his sexual abuse, and all nine refuse to indict Hollywood the way they have the Catholic Church.
Dan Brown, the author of The DaVinci Code, is back with another blockbuster anti-religion novel, and CBS Sunday Morning rolled out the red carpet on October 1 to honor him and his massive commercial success. The segment began with what he called his “fortress of gratitude” – his house loaded floor to ceiling, over several stories, with bookshelves....stuffed with copies of Dan Brown’s own books.
So we know who Dan Brown worships.
Friday’s New York Times carried a front-page article on the Weekend Arts II section on a “shrine” to the Irish author Oscar Wilde as a “martyr of gay rights.” Times writer Ted Loos played up how Wilde would be portrayed as a “deity” at a nominally Methodist church in Manhattan – albeit one with the motto “A Progressive and Radically Inclusive Expression of God’s Grace.”