Bashing Benedict: Networks Make Pope Butt of Jokes, Center of Scandal
On the day of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, the Culture and Media Institute reports:
- A Church In Trouble: Since the Popeâ€™s resignation announcement, networks have characterized the Catholic Church as â€śtroubled 122 times and used the word â€śscandalâ€ť 87 times.
- Catholics Must Get With The Times: ABC, CBS and NBC have pushed for the church to be more liberal â€“ calling for church to â€śmodernizeâ€ť 32 times, change its stance on women seven times and on gays 13 times.
- Making a Joke of Faith: The resignation of the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics is the time for â€¦ making jokes. The networks ran jokes from late night shows about the Pope seven times and even brought on comedian George Lopez to give his sacrilegious perspective on Catholicism.
- All They Learned, They Learned From Fiction: ABC was obsessed with Dan Brownâ€™s â€śDa Vinci Codeâ€ť comparisons, even though Brown was reviled for his attacks on the church and for his outlandish account of Jesus.
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