According to the New York Times, “Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic church” with something he told an Italian journalist. The interview has now been widely published. The secular press noticed a sentence where they claim the Pope rebuked the Church for being obsessed with abortion.
You know, sometimes it really is the right thing to do to simply shoot the messenger. If you can’t trust their ability to read words in context, what good are they? It’s the historic business model for news-sellers to sell their newspapers and magazines by crying, “Wolf!” But after the first or second time, that frantic alarm should be recognized for what it is: noise, “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
If there was fire beneath the claims of smoke, we ought to be able to see it more plainly. Especially, faithful Catholic leaders would join in raising the alarm. Instead, there has been a tired but rising chorus of these faithful saying, “No, the Pope didn’t say that.”
But somebody said that. Who was it? Oh, now I remember. It was the skeptical, hostile merchants who are just interested in a “scandal for the day” so they can sell a few more papers. Consider the source. There’s no credibility left in that direction. We can all just relax.