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Covering the Conclave

Milt37 Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 12:42 PM
Why should the media pay too much attention to this? I realize there are a lot of Catholics in the US, but they are in no way a majority. A lot of other Christian denomonations either don't care about Catholics, or outright despise their practice. So, with no disrespect to faithful Catholics, this doesn't deserve to be a front page story in America. In my opinion, it already takes up more time on the news than I care for. I could care less about what color smoke is coming out of little chimney at the Vatican, rather than how much smoke Obama, Pelosi and Reid are trying to blow up my backside today.
TRsquared Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 12:31 AM
How much less could you care? Had you said "I couldn't care less" not only would you have gotten correct the phrase you probably meant to use, but you would have definitively clarified a lower limit or floor to which your cares could not be fewer.
Reginald10 Wrote: Mar 06, 2013 4:58 PM
Selecting the (moral) leader of a billion people is certainly worthy of note. How much time did we spend, on the selection of our own leader of some 320 million?
TommyMaq Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 5:02 PM
Whether he is moral is precisely the question, isn't it?

Have you seen some of the things his 'moral' followers have been doing?
rk58 Wrote: Mar 06, 2013 2:13 AM
@Milt.. really nice turn of phrase there.. hats off.
eddie again Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 1:22 PM
so, in YOUR wisdom(?) you have concluded that choosing the leader of twenty percent of the world is of little importance?
Milt37 Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 2:13 PM

That's not what I said, and it wasn't based on wisdom. And your question borders on inane.

Supposedly, there are over 1 billion Muslim in the world. That's about 16.6%. There about 17.2% Catholics in the world.

Now how would you like it if every time some stupid Ayottoalh came into power, the US news media took up most of the news covering for weeks on end?

Yeah, I thought so...

Plus, the Pope is NOT the leader of any part of the world! He's only the spiritual leader of devout Catholics around the world. There's a big a difference.

So, yes. I'm not a Catholic, so this story less than of little importance to me a over 80% of the world. For those that do consider it important, there are numerous ways of keeping up to date.

TommyMaq Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 2:41 PM
He asked a question, which is distinct from reaching a conclusion.

Pay attention to the writing you are responding to _before_ you chime in; the effort will show, because you won't say stupid things as often.
eddie again Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 4:07 PM
why should you be the arbiter of what should be considered mportant in the world?

when an ayatollah is awarded the office of speaking for all of islam, i will consider his words and how he is selected be important to every human being because of the impact he would have on the world. however, that is never going to happen because islam is a human creation whereas catholicism has a divine origin.

i find it less than edifying to find tommymaq passing baseless judgment, yet again.
Carl469 Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 6:22 PM
Moroever, the Cardinals aren't going to talk to the press even if reporters asked. On this issue, mum's the word. Methinks Hugh Hewitt has an axe to grind with the media, and he's using the "absence" of stories on the papal conclave as a pretext to vent.
TommyMaq Wrote: Mar 06, 2013 12:23 PM
"why should you be the arbiter of what should be considered mportant in the world? "

"Moral" has meant "having good reasons for what you think and do" for centuries.

Get with the program, instead of seeking excuses to be a loser; it wasn't *me* deciding what is moral. I merely pointed out that you fuqqed it up, but I see that valid feedback bounced right off your ideological filters.

Are you a believer?
TommyMaq Wrote: Mar 06, 2013 3:18 PM
" islam is a human creation whereas catholicism has a divine origin. "

So the councils were all illusory? Or did you just blaspheme by claiming those people were acting for God?
Sorceress Wrote: Mar 06, 2013 8:07 PM
Ayatollahs are a dime a dozen. There is only one pope.
TommyMaq Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 11:11 AM
JusDTrut Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 5:38 PM
The Pope is the central unifying figure of ALL of Christianity. Naturally for Catholics, he is in the Chair of Peter. In the case of protestants, there are over 25,000 different "churches", each preaching a different truth, each with differences. The ONLY common, unifying thread among those 25,000+ is their rejection of the faith and moral teaching of the Pope.
TommyMaq Wrote: Mar 09, 2013 11:31 AM
"The Pope is the central unifying figure of ALL of Christianity. "

Wrong. Google 'the reformation' to _start_ learning how out-of-date your ignorant comment was.

How are American newspapers and networks covering the Conclave? Poorly, if at all. Most of the stories are breathless horserace-style speculations about men they don't know. When American journalists venture into the issues facing the Roman Catholic Church they rightly mention the abuse scandals and then most stop, except for a few who go on about celibacy --which is not going to change no matter who emerges as the new pope. When you next spot an article talking about the slaughter of Christians in the world or the suppression of the Church in China, send me a link. The next pope...