The Media Will Never Report What Pope Francis Just Said



In a startling coincidence, every progressive Catholic media outlet and every mainstream Vatican correspondent was out sick today.

All of them.  Down with the flu.  On the same day.

How else to explain the complete and utter absence of any reporting by these sources on what Pope Francis said today during his general audience?

But maybe they aren’t really home in bed, wrapped in a blankey and surrounded by wadded up kleenex and old issues of People magazine.  Maybe they’re fit as a fiddle, and they have a different, more purposeful, reason for ignoring what the Pope said.  Maybe they realize that his words today don’t fit into their narrative of who they want him to be, and that frightens them.

Maybe they’re hoping that if they don’t cover it, the world won’t hear it.

So what scares them so much?  What did Pope Francis say?

“Go to Confession.”

It’s a shame, because what the Pope said about Confession today was really quite beautiful, and I suspect that many of those who have been hoping that Francis would “lead the Church away from such things” would find it beautiful as well, if they allowed themselves to get past the headline and read what he said.

They might even be persuaded to re-think their dislike for the Sacrament and embrace it.

In his comments, the Pope reminds us that Confession comes straight from Jesus…

“The Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation […] flow directly from the Paschal mystery…In fact, the same evening of Easter the Lord appeared to the disciples, closed in the Cenacle, and, after addressing to them the greeting ‘Peace be with you’, he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven.’”

…and that when we sin, it isn’t just between us and God…

“Someone may say: ‘I confess only to God.’ Yes, you can tell God: ‘Forgive me’, and say your sins,” he said. “But our sins are also against the brothers, against the Church, and for this it is necessary to ask forgiveness to the Church and to the brothers, in the person of the priest.”

…and that no matter how ashamed we feel, we shouldn’t be afraid…

“Do not be afraid of Confession!  One who is in line to confess himself feels all these things – even shame – but then, when he finishes confessing, he leaves free, great, beautiful, forgiven, […] happy. And this is the beauty of Confession.”

The Pope concluded by encouraging those who had been away from Confession, whether for two weeks or 40 years, to return to the Sacrament:

“Jesus is there…and He receives you with so much love.”

Good advice for all of us.

And now of course I feel guilty for judging all those sick reporters.

I hope they get better soon.

Confession 1


Categories:Media Pope Francis Theology

  • Your Lord Jesus Christ

    Hopefully, this Pope will ask priests to stop systematically sexually assaulting chrildren, instead of covering it up, as has been the practice in the past.

  • Faith

    Actually our parish now gives confession daily with huge lines, has started singing the ordinaries, and daily Mass attendance has skyrocketed. Wait- how is this possible? We celebrate the Novus Ordo! To be fair I think the media is looking for something newsworthy. Just you wait. Some RadCathR blogger will point out that our Pope doesn’t even mention that our sins still need to be justly punished … just wait.

  • http://Catholicvote L

    K don’t be so defensive, it’s all true. I don’t appreciate how the media picks and chooses what they want to represent our Holy Father the way they want him to be, not the way he truly is.

  • Penny

    Dear K,
    Mr. White was only highlighting this very disturbing & sad fact that our own Catholic media refused to cover this beautiful message. Not in a hateful way but rather a playful, joking way. The fact remains that no coverage was made on this most important message which if it had been covered, so many people would better understand that reconciliation is a wonderful thing… not a bad thing… & the fear which keeps so many from going & receiving the many graces only this sacrament can offer. That, & to hear the most awesome words “Your sins are forgiven” which only saying to God “I’m sorry”… won’t give you.

  • K

    If you felt that guilty about your sarcastic comments you wouldn’t have written them. Your writing sounds hateful and hurtful, not Catholic. I hope your future writing is kinder.

    • Jose

      Hateful and hurtful? why be so hypersensitive?
      Why not focus our attention on the intention of the article……lack of coverage of the secular and liberal media on the Pope whenever he touches on themes that go against these outlets’ agenda?

    • Antonio A. Badilla

      K, how is this comment either hateful or hurtful?

  • Collins Akumabor

    Sirach 4:26 Do not be ashamed to confess your sins, and do not try to stop the current of a river.



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