National Catholic Register

Opinion

Blindness to Truth

Publisher's Note

BY Michael Warsaw

Publisher

Aug. 11-24, 2013 Issue | Posted 8/7/13 at 3:30 PM

 

The mainstream media showed yet again why it is descending into irrelevance, with its lack of perspective and wisdom in its coverage of the most-attended event every few years: World Youth Day.

In the days leading up to the Catholic youth gathering in Rio de Janeiro, many reasons were cited to explain why WYD Rio 2013 was going to be a disappointment to Pope Francis and the Church: the political unrest in the region, the bad economy and the fact that, now, "forward-thinking" Brazilians lack interest in the Church.

But from the moment on July 22 when the Holy Father’s motorcade took a wrong turn and was besieged by ardent Catholic youth to Pope Francis’ closing Mass on July 28 — that drew an estimated 3 million pilgrims — it was clear that the faith is alive, not only in Brazil, but also around the world. Sadly, the only ones who missed it were the mainstream media.

In comparing our own coverage at the Register — including our comprehensive content in this issue — and EWTN with that of the mainstream press (at least USA Today acknowledged the event, with a page-one photo and story), I couldn’t help but be reminded of the words Jesus spoke to his apostles:

"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. ... If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me" (John 15:18-21).

May the powerful and inspiring scenes from World Youth Day remind us that we all have been chosen out of the world — chosen for a Truth that is often ignored by the mainstream media.

God bless you!