FrankenPope, “Where There Is Ambiguity, Let Us Bring Clarity”

FrankenPope, “Where There Is Ambiguity, Let Us Bring Clarity”

[Much more about this message is being said elsewhere (e.g., Pope Francis Calls for ‘Journalism of Peace’ in Era of ‘Fake News’ and Pope: Stop ‘Fake News’ by Putting People at Heart of Information); I may post some of the “closer” analyses later; for now I repeat a well-known aphorism: “People who live in glashouses shouldn’t throw stones” – AQ moderator Tom] – 1/24/18

Pope Francis released on January 24 his message for World Day of Social Communications condemning “fake news” while advocating for a “journalism of peace”. He calls “fake news” the Devil’s work but doesn’t tackle the discrediting of real news.

Francis admits that a “slight distortion of the truth can have dangerous effects.”

He concludes with a prayer, “Where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity”.

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3 comments on “FrankenPope, “Where There Is Ambiguity, Let Us Bring Clarity”

  1. FrankenPope’s version of the Prayer of St. Francis:

    (Encore: People who live in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones)

    Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
    Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion.
    Help us to remove the venom from our judgments.
    Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters.
    You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world:
    Where there is shouting, let us practice listening;
    Where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;
    Where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;
    Where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;
    Where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;
    Where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions;
    Where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;
    Where there is hostility, let us bring respect;
    Where there is falsehood, let us bring truth.

  2. Since Guttenburg’s nifty idea was turned into a revolutionary weapon ( almost immediately in what would become Germany ) agitprop has been a growth industry for, now, 500 years.
    Though print circulation began to wane with the rise of instant electronic communications, the industry has waxed mightily and accuracy, editorial integrity and objective reporting continue to plummet.
    Local TV may actually get names, locales and yesterday’s official hi/lo temperatures right but that may be about it. And matters only become more suspicious as total viewership increases… just like in the heyday of the USSR.

  3. “Where There Is Ambiguity, Let Us Bring Clarity” is really the only prayer necessary for this pontificate IMO. Clarity, of course, means in union with the 2,000 yr old Magisterium and NOT the new-found Modernism of the post Vatican II era. One could also add: “Where there is Pride and Vanity, let us Bring Humility, especially to the See of Peter.” Oh, yeah, that’s right, this is His Humbleness speaking. fumble bungle TILT! CRASH!

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