Saturday, April 10, 2010

"Ratzinger" or "the Pope"?

Here's a quick and easy way to evaluate the stories regarding the Pope's pre papal involvement in monitoring the Catholic Church's pedophile scandals:

If the author or editor refers to "the Pope", they're either neutral or support him.

If the author or editor refers to "Ratzinger" (contrary to the usual religious, media and political practice of always referring to someone by the highest title or office ever held), they're against him.

Good example - - the Associated Press story is titled "Future pope stalled California pedophile case", but the USA Today web page links to the story under the headline "Ratzinger stalled California pedophile case". Obviously, they want to de-legitimize the Pope by stripping him of his title in public discussion (just like when generals call hostile women senators "ma'am" or "Mrs." rather than "Senator").

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