Saturday, April 12, 2008

The drudgery report

Attended a panel discussion last night on the papal visit, where CNN senior Vatican analyst John Allen was asked if, as a Catholic in the media, he had experienced antagonism from his colleagues.

He answered that the problem was not so much antagonism as ignorance and indifference. Based on my experience, I would agree, though I think the ignorance is based on journalists' generalized fear and distrust of faithful Christians in general and Catholics in particular.

As an example, he told of the time he was doing a taping from Rome and was asked to give some sound bites at the end for promos. The producer said to him, "OK, we need 30 seconds. John, what's the difference between Catholicism and Protestantism? Thirty seconds."