Priest calls it like he sees it: Weak, liberal bishops brought all this on themselves (and us).

For 30 years, the Catholic bishops of the United States have trivialized their moral authority by embracing every liberal social initiative that came along in the name of social justice. All the while, Catholics were ignoring the church’s teaching on a whole host of moral issues without so much as a word from the bishops.

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Why the Mainstream Media Hates the Catholic Church

Bill Donohue, one of the staunchest defenders of the Church in this country, fought back against this latest attack from the very first blow. The president of the Catholic League calls the New York Times story on Father Murphy the “last straw,” but no doubt there will be more to ignite Donohue’s flaming pen.

I asked him and a number of other experts a question: “Why do media like the New York Times and the Washington Post hate the Catholic Church and the pope? What’s the source of the animus?”

Donohue replied, “As I said in today’s New York Times op-ed page ad, it stems from three issues: abortion, gay marriage, and women’s ordination. So, when they can nail the Church on promiscuity, they love it. The goal is to weaken the moral authority of the Church so it won’t be as persuasive on issues like health care.”

Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard, agrees that the media want to weaken the Church. He echoes what his friend the late Bob Novak used to tell me about the mainstream media: It is “the most secular, liberal group in the country. The Catholic Church stands for everything you and I believe (though I’m not a Catholic) and for practically nothing the media likes. But the media cannot ignore the Catholic Church because it is so strong, popular, and enduring. That leaves the media one avenue of attack: Jump on any mistakes or scandals involving the Church and don’t let go.”

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“IN HOLOCAUST DEBATE, A CALL FOR OPEN MINDS ???

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“This is arguably one of the most disastrous moments in American Catholic history in the last hundred years as the moral teaching authority of the Catholic Church in America was passed from the Bishops to President Obama, the most popular president in a generation. Given the commencement rostrum of the most revered Catholic University in the nation, Obama taught a rapt and mesmerized American people — Catholic or not — that they could disregard and dismiss the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion (which goes all the way back to the Apostles) and consider the killing of children as something we need to learn to live with. He more than implied that the Church in her unequivocal condemnation of abortion and abortion promoting politicians was wrong.”

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