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Reader's view: Media more interested in deviants than good news

Big front-page coverage July 3 of a "church-abuse scandal," with large pictures and with more on the next page, proved a point I have tried to make in previous letters. It is that much of the secular media give great publicity to deviant priests ...

Big front-page coverage July 3 of a "church-abuse scandal," with large pictures and with more on the next page, proved a point I have tried to make in previous letters. It is that much of the secular media give great publicity to deviant priests while totally ignoring the far more worthy stories of good things done by priests and because of priests, in harmony with the Catholic Church and its teachings.

For example, on June 21, Bishop Paul Sirba of the Catholic Diocese of Duluth ordained three very good young men to the priesthood. The day before that, he ordained two other young men to the transitional diaconate (meaning they will be ordained as priests next year). There is every reason to have confidence these men will live very worthy lives and do much good in consequence of their ordinations. Whatever may have been the case a few years ago, no young man today has reason to seek the priesthood for popularity or easy living. Those things are no longer in the options. The News Tribune gave no notice of these ordinations -- not even a fraction of an inch or even the last page -- and certainly there were no pictures.

Nor did Minneapolis lawyer Jeff Anderson, who must be making millions by digging up church-related scandals, hint there might possibly be some decent men serving the Church and its people.

As Jesus said in another situation, "By their fruits you will know them," and the fruit of much of the media is digging up dirt.

Father Richard Partika

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