The Nuns On The Bus gals have allies against Cong. Paul Ryan: Al Jazeera!
In some matters, Al Jazeera is better on global news than the US networks.
But this is a puff piece in favor of the nuns and against the mean US Bishops, the oppressive Vatican and the eeeeevil hater of the poor Rep. Paul Ryan.
An interesting point in the video is the video imagery on the screen by the news reader: scenes from Pontifical Masses in the Extraordinary Form. Al Jazeera wants something that looks really Catholic, they choose TLM footage. And not just any footage! They used a shot from the Pontifical Mass in honor of Pope Benedict at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception a couple years back when Bp. Slattery of Tulsa gave that spiffy sermon!
By contrast, however, when liberal nuns want to raise money, they use pictures of nuns in habits – which couldn’t be farther from the truth when it comes to the LCWR crowd.
There is at least one bold lie in the video story, in the part when the woman reporter describes her puff piece that the nuns are in trouble with the “Vatican” because – get this – they spend too much time helping the poor. That’s just plain stoooopid. And note how they conflate several issues of Catholic interest: the CDF with LCWR gets all jumbled together with the Ryan Budget.
The reporter swallowed the bus-nunny talking points like a Fluffy snaps up a treat.
And the anchor, Shihab Rattansi, who leads the panel says at one point: ”It’s no secret that this Pope [Benedict] is no fan of Liberation theology and empowerment through Jesus’ teachings and so forth.”
That’s right, pal. Benedict is no fan of empowerment of people through the teachings of Jesus.
And Gehring, a panelist, describes what is going on as “The Catholic Church is cracking down on nuns who really live out the Gospel everyday.”
That’s right, pal. The Church wants to stop nuns from living out the Gospel.
And at the very end Sr Marie Lucey, associate director of the Franciscan Action Network, drops this whopper: “The Leadership Conference of Women Religious has never opposed Catholic Church teaching.”
That’s right, Sister. That’s why the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith got involved. Because the LCWR is sooooo verrrrrry faaaaithfullllll.
WARNING: Watching this can be frustrating.
On the panel is John Gehring. Remember that name? He is a key figure in this:
Al Jazeera leans to the left. Does that seem to be a contradiction?
Read Andrew McCarthy’s The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. This is an excellent explanation of what is going on.BTW.. here is a book recommendation.