Who knew that this would be the issue to bring me out of my hermitage? After having threatened my satellite television provider with cancellation, they offered me a slimmed-down package that only has a couple of news outlets. So, on Sunday I was ‘forced’ to watch CNN’s coverage of President Obama’s commencement address. Leading up to and afterward, the network had Fr. James Martin and Raymond Arroyo squared off against each other discussing the controversy. Besides being a clear example of media bias (read the transcript and count how many times the host interrupted Arroyo vs Martin), it was disheartening considering how feted Fr. Martin has been on certain venues in St. Blogs. He’s often described as a “friend of <insert blog name here>”. After this performance? Nothing from these blogs that have lauded him and pushed his books. Perhaps I’m on some sort of revengeful witch-hunt. I don’t know. All I know is that I was deeply disappointed in Fr. Martin and with the silence of the blogs who have lauded him.
I haven’t been a very active contributor. For that I’m sorry. Mainly, I’ve been struggling to keep silence about controversial topics as I deal with my life in Christ. However, I guess I now have something I have to say.
I gave Obama a fair viewing yesterday. I sat and I listened to all the talking heads prior to the speech (I love how they like to pit Catholics against one another). I sat through the entire program as presented to me. And here is the saddest part of the whole affair: when the introduction for President Obama was made, and the presenter said that Notre Dame opposes Obama’s positions on abortion and embryonic stem cell research . . . the support from the crowd was muted compared to the raucous applause and ovations given to the President himself.
I guess what I’m saying is this: I’m more disappointed by the student body of Notre Dame than I thought I would be. Maybe I’m alone in this, but I had to say it.
I’m an avid, if not overly-supportive, listener of public radio. Every morning I drive to work listening to NPR’s “Morning Edition”. Today it was a struggle to keep my mind on the road, as I listened to a hit-piece on the Pope’s decision to lift the excommunications of the four SPPX bishops. I will be writing a letter to the editors of NPR’s “Morning Edition”. I also wanted to share this ridiculously unfair bit of ‘reporting’ with the American Catholic reader.
Click the “Listen Now” link to listen to this tripe.
Finally, something worthwhile in the top viewed videos of the day. I was surprised to see this, and thought I’d offer a break from the political discussions.
Well, I’m not the VP running-mate of Perot (whatshisname), but I do feel just as out of place. I’m not an accomplished blogger or an expert in any field related to politics or religion. I’m a simple layman in the Catholic Church. I would like to think I’m faithful, but I know I’m in the greatest need of being converted.
So, what the heck am I doing here on this new blog? It’s simple. As I was standing by the roadside yesterday, holding a sign which read “Abortion Kills Children”, I was once again deeply aware of the importance of this year’s election for President.