Attacks on the Church can regularly be found in editorials, opinion columns, cartoons (in comic sections as well as on the editorial pages) and in “news” articles. As you read a newspaper and happen upon an item concerning the church ask yourself questions such as:
- Did the reporters get their facts straight?
- Did they check with any Catholic authorities for verification?
- Were the stories balanced? (There is almost always more than one side to a story.)
- Were negative aspects emphasized and positive aspects ignored?
When prominent, Catholic people, politicians, community leaders etc. take a public position on moral issues such as abortion which is contrary to Church teaching, they give great scandal to the Church. If left uncorrected they could mislead the faithful.