Sunday, May 08, 2005

US Media and Religion

Pope Benedict spoke to the responsibilities of mass media today on Communications Sunday. I often wonder about what the US media is really thinking when it covers religion. Is the fundamentalists antipathy to evolution really the major faith conflict with US culture? Why does a small church get so much coverage for throwing out a few of its anti-Bush congregants? Do media types really think there were cardinal candidates in the recent conclave who, if elected, would change Catholic teachings on abortion? True, the coverage of recent papal events was extraordinary and usually well sourced by utilizing some temporary expert commentators, now it seems to have quickly drifted back into superficial and poorly informed treatment of faith in the US.