Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

Media Spin, Human Nature, and Speaking the Truth

Why is it that the New York Times, Time magazine, and all the other tawdry publications simply bash the Catholic Church and never run positive articles?

Could you imagine the following headline: “Amidst Abuse Woes, Pope Offers Compelling Defense of Priestly Celibacy.” Or: “Statistics Show that Homosexuality Plays Major Role in Catholic Abuse Crisis.” No. They only run articles that pre-conform to their worldview and they suppress all other perspectives. How’s that for a...

The Power of Communication: A Reflection on Euphemism

Let’s face it, we all do it. At a fine restaurant we would much sooner politely inquire for directions to the “restroom,” then brashly ask: “Where’s the toilet?”

It is a natural human tendency to perform a degree of instant self-sanitization of our phraseology, in order to accommodate our current audience, or, to quote the immortal Mary Poppins, to add the proverbial “spoonful of sugar” to help the medicine go down.

The...

Do Catholics Have Minds and Wills of Their Own?

Frank Bruni, in a recent New York Times piece (Feb. 24, 2013) describes the election of the new pope as a “pageant extraordinaire” that can be compared with the excitement that the Academy Awards generates or the thrill of a horse race. Concerning its relevance for Catholics, however, it is dubious. It hardly matters, Bruni contends, who will be the next pontiff to occupy the Chair of Peter since Catholics “have minds and...

Smartphones, Sex, and Your Teen

As a parent, there is an unstated checklist of topics you are required to cover with your child in order to prepare them to be balanced, healthy, and independent adults. They range from basic hygiene and financial responsibility, to appropriate social skills, time management, and goal setting.

There’s also the dreaded “Sex Talk.”

Every parent knows that sex needs to be discussed in some way, though for many it’s an uncomfortable and unavoidably awkward. We...

All the News That Fits

I was enjoying a cup of coffee at my favorite breakfast nook while scanning the New York Times. And what did my wondering eyes see appear, but a most unlikely opinion piece...