Saturday, April 9, 2005

PAPAL CONCLAVE VIA CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ETC. Just think: this will be the first papal conclave to be conducted in the era of cable network news. If the news editors get their way, choosing a new pope will never again be the same.

SATURATING US WITH ALL THINGS PAPAL. Before a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church is announced, the western world will be saturated with every perspective, nuance, speculation, and projection ad nauseum about the pope. For escape, we will be surfing reruns of M.A.S.H. and the reassuring banality of Father Mulcahy. Hey, why not Father Mulcahy for pope?

BEAT THEM AT THEIR GAME. One can only hope that thru the next fortnight Catholic commentators will be savvy enough (a) to not play into the news media's hands and (b) to teach us all a lesson or two in basic Christianity (vs. the made-for-TV exploitation brands).

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