Saturday, April 19, 2003

The Media reacts to Ecclesia de Eucharistia

It's an exercise in hilarity to watch the mass media react to official theological texts like John Paul II's new encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia. Do a search for "eucharist" and "encyclical" at the Google News site. Here are some of the returns:

Pope reaffirms ban on joint communion - Toronto Star
Pope speaks against Eucharistic 'abuses' - Chicago Sun Times
Pope gives warning on Communion - Boston Globe
Pope takes tough stance on communion - Edmonton Sun
Pope warns against unholy communion - Guardian
Pope reminds Catholics of restrictions on communion - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Pope Cracks Down on Abuses Among Divorced - Guardian

And on and on.

Now, JPII does touch on these issues, but they in no way form the substance or bulk of the encyclical. But how should we expect a media that thrives on controversy to react?

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