New on AmP: Archbishop Chaput to Pilgrims at WYD: Don’t Rely on Mainstream Media, Support Catholic Media Instead!

An excerpt from Archbishop Charles Chaput’s remarks given to young pilgrims in Madrid as part of a special World Youth Day Session (underlining my own):

We make a very serious mistake if we rely on media like the New York Times, Newsweek, CNN, or MSNBC for reliable news about religion. These news media simply don’t provide trustworthy information about religious faith—and sometimes they can’t provide it, either because of limited resources or because of their own editorial prejudices. These are secular operations focused on making a profit. They have very little sympathy for the Catholic faith, and quite a lot of aggressive skepticism toward any religious community that claims to preach and teach God’s truth.

So whom can you trust? Where can you go for reliable news and intelligent discussion about your Catholic faith?

Well, you can come to World Youth Day—but you’ve already done that. Luckily, you live in an age of radically new kinds of information media. You have more media choices, and more ways to access those choices, than I ever could have imagined at your age.

Many of those choices include outstanding Catholic media like Catholic News Agency, EWTN, the National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor; Salt and Light and Catholic News Service; plus Catholic blogs, websites, and Catholic satellite radio stations. Support these media and encourage their great work for the Church. Visit their websites. “Like” them on Facebook. Follow their Twitter feeds. These excellent media sources will nourish and deepen your faith in ways that the mainstream public media can never provide.

Here are two good ways to start, on Facebook & Twitter!




  • Nolan

    I like how he failed to mention FOX news or any of the Focus on the Family media outlets. Both of which are just as bad when it comes to reporting about Catholicism.

    • Tanya

      He DID mention Fox news. I listened to his comments days ago and I heard it.

  • Joyful

    With all due respect I disagree completely. That’s like saying the only way to get fair and balanced reporting on “British Petroleum” is by going to the “BP” website. The Catholic Church is made up of humans, that occasionally get things wrong. Our independent reporting system is better at getting to the truth than a propaganda machine from Catholic reporters would be. Chaput claiming that independent news organizations aren’t providing balanced and fair reporting is a little like when BP’s executives made the same claim. If Chaput doesn’t like the skepticism, maybe he needs to blame the fact that our church just had a massive “oil spill” and there is good reason for skepticism and stop placing the blame on the media.

    • Nathan

      I believe Archbishop Chaput is much like Archbishop Dolan, who believes the sins of the Church need to be reported. It’s simply not too much to ask that the reporting be done fairly, however. And because of this, Archbishop Chaput isn’t saying one shouldn’t read secular media when it comes to religion coverage, especially that of the Church; he’s saying don’t RELY on it. Instead, avail ourselves of new media that provide a different view than what we might get elsewhere. I’m not a secular media basher by any means, but I can also assert that major publications have a propensity to sensationalize Church matters. Getting a different perspective has never hurt anything in getting a better picture of reality.

    • Michael

      Catholic media is widely diverse most of which is not controlled by anyone in authority. You really think the National Catholic Reporter or America Magazine is controlled by the Pope?

  • MichaelL

    Not all Catholic media are created equal. Salt and Light is very light on the teachings of the Church and mixes in liberal secularism which can be confusing for those going through the formation process. Very sadly, Catholic News Service which is provided by the bishops has the same problem. With regards to the mainstream press, I’ve noticed that the “religion” sections have actually become vehicles for secular reporters to attack faithful Christians — especially the Catholic Church. Examples are Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times, Cathy Lynn Grossman of USAToday, the On Faith section of the Washington Post and Nicole Winfield of Associated Press. A search on articles by any of them is very revealing of their agenda.



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