Thursday, 24 May 2012

Cath News for Thursday: open post

Continuing my campaign to reform Cath News, go take a look over there, and see what you think of the stories it has selected today, then come back here and tell us what you think!

Are they are fair selection or slanted?  Do they contain errors, and if so does the commentary point them out?

Let's keep the pressure on...

Cath News must be reformed!

6 comments:

jules said...

I think your campaign will succeed and may even do better if complaints go all the way to the top. Providing the emails of those in charge of selecting content or writing articles would help readers to take action. Good on you Kate.
-jules

Sharon said...

It's amusing/exasperating how the unfailingly anti-Catholic Joan Chittister and her pals at the US National Catholic Recorder seem to have a permanent spot on CathNews to voice their views.

Yes I've had quite a few comments blocked for no apparent reason including one on the Melinda Gates story.

Andrea said...

Good luck with complaints going to the top, unless you mean outside this country.

I tried to write to the ACBC but Fr Lucas intercepted it. I wrote to my ordinary and he passed it on to the relevant committee Chair. Action ? can't see any.

Sorry to be negative.

Kate Edwards said...

Jules - Have no doubts, the bishops and their advisors do read this!

But yes, once we've collected up the accumulated evidence, the next phase of the campaign can start....

Kate Edwards said...

Sharon - Don't suppose you kept your comments on Melinda gates? Happy to publish them here...

Sharon said...

Kate, here is my post on the Melinda Gates story which was rejected by CathNews last Friday:
This immensely wealthy and powerful woman's Orwellian doublespeak is horrifying. She admits she has "wrestled with which pieces of religion do I use and believe in my life" then having rejected some "bits" tries to force her contrary doctrines onto others, while still claiming the kudos of being "Catholic". She claims "Catholic mission" makes her spend $billions promoting contraceptives. A bit like saying "God inspires me to be an atheist".

Look beyond the gushing PR blurb and the posed photos with token approved black people. These middle-aged white plutocrats just don't get it: there is no "unmet need" for contraceptives. People in the third world don't want contraception, clinics there are awash with contraceptives which people refuse to use despite all the urging from rich white people who think they know what's best for poor black people better than they themselves do. Meanwhile millions die from lack of simple cheap medicines like antibiotics and vaccines or lack of simple sanitation.

Contrary to Newsweek's nonsensical revision of history, promotion of contraception has never been "a thoroughly bipartisan endeavour". Catholics and many others have always opposed it. Recently millions of non-Catholics have joined them as the contraceptive mentality's dire effects on society have played themselves out over the past 50 years.

The human rights worker Susan Yoshihara summed it up best as quoted in the article, "To say that we’re going to help women not die in childbirth by telling them that they shouldn’t get pregnant in the first place ... borders on scandalous.”