The abdication of Pope Benedict is yet another opportunity to see how ignorant most of those contributing to the mainstream media can be when it comes to the Catholic Church.
A case in point is The Daily Beast who has someone, I am not making this up, named “Barbie” writing about papal “scandal”. I found this story on the same page with the heading “Viva la Papa!” Yes, “la”. Did anyone over there go to school? Ever?
Let’s have a brief look at this risible piece by Barbie Latza Nadeau.
American Nuns Hope For Sister-Friendly New Pope
American nuns—fiercely [!] condemned under Pope Benedict for being too “radical”—are looking forward to a fresh start with a new pontiff. [The first factual error: "American nuns" were not condemned, fiercely or even mildly. And what does "radical" mean? Probably not like St. Francis of Assisi.]
Of all the scandals ["scandal"? I'll tell you what's a scandal. The real scandal is that the Holy See should have to have deal with women religious who have moved "beyond Jesus".] that have been pinned to Benedict XVI’s papacy, perhaps none has been more divisive [The writer lives in a tiny little world in which, when women religious go off the rails, it is the Pope's fault when he does his job to bring them back to their senses.] than the so-called clampdown on American nuns last April. Its no wonder, then, [You are just supposed to accept that premise.] that sisters across America [only those of the liberal-loony stamp... which, thank God, are not all sisters across America] are hoping that the next pope gives them a fairer shake. [I'll bet the writer has a photo of Pres. Obama in her purse.] In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, the head of the largest group of American nuns shares what she is looking for in a new leader. [Another factual error. The LCWR is not the "largest group of American nuns". It is merely a large group of the leaders of communities of women religious. The LCWR is the "Leadership Conference", and it does not represent automatically all the members of the communities represents.]
It is one thing to not appreciate the Catholic Church or the Roman Pontiff. It is another thing entirely to write about something you know so little about.
Weigel’s contribution is better. At least it has the virtual of getting the facts right. HERE.