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Bashing Benedict: Networks Make Pope Butt of Jokes, Center of Scandal

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<p>On the day of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, the <a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/bashing-benedict-networks-make-pope-butt-jo… and Media Institute reports</a>:&nbsp;</p>

<ul><li><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 12pt;">A Church In Trouble: Since the
Pope’s resignation announcement, networks have characterized the Catholic
Church as “troubled 122 times and used the word “scandal” 87 times.</span></li><li><span style="font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit;">Catholics Must Get With The Times: ABC, CBS and NBC have pushed for
the church to be more liberal – calling for church to “modernize” 32 times,
change its stance on women seven times and on gays 13 times.</span></li><li><span style="font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit;">Making a Joke of Faith: The resignation of the leader of 1.2 billion
Catholics is the time for … 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.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: inherit; border: none windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: none windowtext 0in; padding: 0in;"><span style="font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit;">All They Learned, They Learned From Fiction: ABC was obsessed with Dan
Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” comparisons, even though Brown was reviled for his
attacks on the church and for his outlandish account of Jesus.</span></span><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Read the full <a href="http://www.mrc.org/culture">Culture and Media Institute</a> and <a href="http://newsbusters.org/">NewsBusters</a&gt; story <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/katie-yoder/2013/02/28/bashing-benedict-ne… editor:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/k_yoder">Katie Yoder</a>.</p>