Pope Faces Media Backlash; Condom Remark Spurs Papal Bashing

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Pope Faces Media Backlash; Condom Remark Spurs Papal Bashing


Byline: Jennifer Harper, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Faith often gets short shrift in the news - unless a little sex and politics are thrown in.

Unprecedented pontiff bashing has taken hold in the press - prompted by Pope Benedict XVI's criticism of the use of condoms in anti-AIDS programs, made on his arrival Tuesday for a weeklong tour of Africa.

This is one of the most horrifically ignorant statements made by a world leader since former President George W. Bush's promise to 'smoke 'em out' in reference to terrorist leaders including Osama bin Laden, said Bonnie Erbe, a PBS host and columnist.

A London Times editorial called the pope a threat to public health while Times columnist Libby Purves deemed him a scheming, authoritarian torturer, adding, I want him dead. The pope deserves no credence when he distorts scientific findings about the value of condoms in slowing the spread of the AIDS virus, said a New York Times editorial.

Impeach the pope, said Robert S. McElvaine in The Washington Post's On Faith Web site. While we're at it, let's replace him with a woman.

That observation in particular set off Catholic League President William Donohue, who called the column hate speech, and criticized Post writer Sally Quinn, who moderates the page.

Sally Quinn showcases bigotry. This is the kind of rant we would expect to find on the bathroom wall of a summer camp in Martha's Vineyard, Mr. Donohue said.

Only 1 percent of the news is devoted to faith issues, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Not this time, though. In the immediate wake of the pope's condom comment, close to 4,000 news stories appeared on the comment.

I don't think the Vatican necessarily wanted to generate the coverage they got - which was largely critical and overwhelmed every other message the pope wanted to publicize, said David Gibson, author of The Coming Catholic Church and The Rule of Benedict, a biography of the pontiff.

The mainstream media is also part of the problem, in that you say the word 'Africa' and editors' eyes glaze over - as do those of readers and viewers. …

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