Media Mashup: September 23, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 7.01.31The Pope: A Primer on His Politics

The Wall Street Journal provides a primer on his politics: “Secular progressives who disdain the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion, same-sex marriage and divorce are ignoring all of that catechistic unpleasantness and claiming the pope as an evangelist for their agenda. You might call them cafeteria progressives, after the old line about Catholics who are selective in which church teachings they follow.” See

The Pope: The Left Likes Him

Thomas Sowell writes in “Pope Francis is part of a larger trend of the rise of the political left among Catholic intellectuals. He is, in a sense, the culmination of that trend.” For more, see

The Pope: The Left Won’t Like the Canonization of Father Junipero Serra

The Spanish missionary brought Catholicism to America in the 18th Century, but, as CNN puts it: “For many Native Americans, Latinos and others, Serra was no saint, and his pending canonization makes an old wound bleed again. But to those who champion the missionaries’ daring foray into the dominion of American Indians, the sainthood heralds an apotheosis for the padre who brought the word of Christ here.”

The Papal Visit: Brian Williams, The Liar, Returns to TV

It was a sad day when Brian Williams returned yesterday as a “journalist.” I rank him with Janet Cooke, Judith Miller and Jason Blair. They all made stuff up–a sin in the Catholic Church–and should never have been employed as journalists!

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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