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Happy Anniversary, Mr. Out of Touch

Ken Shepherd reports that live coverage of the papal anniversary on CNN around noon featured Paula Zahn noting: “There was a new poll out today by ABC and the Washington Post which suggests that 2/3rds of American Catholics do not feel that the Pope’s views at all reflect their life. And that is a problem for the Church, isn’t it?”

The P.R. “problem” for the church begins with media pollsters who interview “Catholics” who haven’t seen the inside of a church for decades. Of course, the Pope wouldn’t seem relevant to them. If he was, they might attend Mass. A more interesting question might be: how are people who don’t “vote” with their feet every week relevant to the governance of the Church?

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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