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Journalist pleads: "Can we please stop blaming journalists?"
The case of Italian Bishop Nunzio Galantino

No "expressionless faces" from these pro-abortion activists !
Sorry, Bishop Galantino prefers to call it "interruption of pregnancy".

Bishop Nunzio Galantino, new Secretary-General and most powerful man of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), gained instant worldwide fame in May when criticizing the "expressionless faces" of Catholics praying the rosary in front of abortion clinics. By ridiculing their faces, with which he does not "identify himself," he humiliates all those people who risk life, limb, liberty, and fortune for the simple "crime" of praying the rosary in front of the greatest symbols of degeneracy of our crumbling remains of civilization, the slaughterhouses of human beings known as "abortion clinics." Not that Bishop Galantino, first mentioned by us weeks ago, was ever found in front of an abortion mill, not at all. Now, in what one might call an exercise in the "intellectual acrobatics of shamelessness," he says he did not say what he indeed said. He offended millions of faithful Catholics, and now he claims he was offended! The gall! 

Thankfully, there are more and more boys calling attention to the nakedness of some of our new emperor-bishops - and one of them is none other than one of Italy's most respected religious journalists, Marco Tosatti, senior religious correspondent for major Italian daily La Stampa. Yes, even Italian journalists are getting pretty tired of journalists always getting the blame.


Galantino: patches and holes.
The old game “it’s always the fault of the journalists” doesn’t work sometimes. 
 And some cures are worse than the disease...

July 21, 2014

Galantino, patches and holes. I am in a place where the connections to Internet are fleeting and discontinuous, and so I am only now seeing the news that Zenit reports an interview given by Secretary-General of the CEI, Bp. Nunzio Galantino, to monthly “Sempre”.

Bp. Galantino responds to the criticisms directed at him. “An aggression which in reality, hurt me a bit.” The reference, writes Zenit, is to the controversy following his statements when he sustained that he couldn’t identify, “with the expressionless faces reciting the Rosary outside [abortion] clinics.”
The Secretary of the CEI retains that it is all about an ambiguity due to exploitation of the media. “The interview in question – he explains – came about in a specific context i.e. the influence that the means of social communication have. On that occasion I stated that we must be careful most of all with the television in which only images are used to help to sustain a personal opinion. I cited the example of those who focus on the expressionless faces of the people praying the Rosary against abortion in front of the clinics.” This is a technique of the media that,  “intends to weaken not only the Rosary recited in front of the clinic, but also the great and extraordinary movement which is behind it,” affirms Bp. Galalntino. So, his, was instead, a warning to be on the alert to similar exploitations.

The out-of-context statement from the interview then was the source of the ambiguity. “At times – the prelate reflects – the exponents of some of our movements don’t read the entire interview, but only the headlines in the newspapers, which evidently have their interest in choosing the expression that makes for scandal and creates problems. And so 10,000 tweets or 15,000 comments on Facebook are posted against Bishop Galantino…” So in this context of the criticisms directed against him, the Secretary of the CEI says that he was “amazed” at the “unthinking nastiness of certain people who say they recite the Rosary. It is worrying to know that those who pray the Rosary are capable of expressing themselves in such tones, with this verbal violence.

Here is the excerpt from the May 12 interview, reported by Quotidiano Nazionale:
Question: In the past years the CEI put a lot into the non-negotiable values (life, family, education). The Pope isn’t very fond of this expression. What about yourself?

Answer: “Let’s think about the sacredness of life. In the past we concentrated exclusively on the 'no' to abortion and euthanasia. It cannot be like this, in the middle there is an 'existence' which develops. I don’t identify myself with the expressionless faces of those who recite the Rosary outside the clinics where the interruption of pregnancy is practiced, but with those young people who are opposed to this practice and struggle for the quality of life for people, for their right to health and work.

Now, re-read Monsignor Galantino’s correction, and you will see in the interview and response whether television and exploitation of the media are mentioned. It appears to me that my colleague Giovanni Panettiere reported the Bishop’s words precisely (which in fact he has not denied) .

The old game “it’s always the fault of the journalists” sometimes doesn’t work. And some cures are worse than the disease…[lit.: some patches are worse than the holes they fix.]

[Source. Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana - the Zenit quotes were translated from Tosatti's artice directly. Image - a photomontage, of course - from this Czech website.]