That bishops, by default, get a column in diocesan organs sometimes might speak of the low quality of Catholic print journalism. David Gibson at Pontifications notes a little conversation between the President and Bishop Tobin of Providence. Except it didn’t happen.
Fantasy conversations are a part of life. Before the internet they pretty much stayed inside the heads of guys who wished they could talk better to girls. I know I relived a few verbal exchanges after I fumbled them in person. The other option was to be a really good writer to get those conversations published in a book. Today, anybody can create a talk with anybody else. No adolescent awkwardness required.
Some bloggers make it their schtick, like this one. The trick with this guy is that he takes actual words written or said by others, and inserts his own fantasy. Sort of a variation on I’d-wish-I’d-said-that-to-her, but without the actual meeting.
Some pro-life journalists work extremely hard and are effective at getting the story out there. My hat’s off to this kind of exposé journalism because it took hard work, lots of time and preparation, and entailed some degree of risk. Bishop Tobin, for his foray into the medium of sarcasm to be really effective, would have to use the president’s own words. And that would take … research. Maybe even some work along the lines of click, drag, and control-X and -V.
In order for the pro-life voice to be effective, certain advocates need to get off their passions. They cannot expect that their own internal assessment of righteousness and privilege will be persuasive. It might be asked, why do they need to be persuasive? Because by the movement’s own definition, abortion should be settled in the public sphere of politics. To get things accomplished there, you have to be diplomatic, clever, and hard-working. People who just spout off from their own internal righteousness … they get to be talking heads in the media.