Medium is message? Catholic bishops debate hiring a spokesperson

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(RNS) The nation's Catholic bishops have discussed issues of great import this week, from sexual abuse policies to their religious freedom campaign. But the proposal made Thursday (June 14) that they consider hiring a chief spokesperson prompted the most intense soul-searching so far. By David Gibson.

  • gilhow

    It is only called “soul-searching” when Catholic clerics do it. It is really plain argument, disagreement, just like the rest of us. And that’s not unnatural when you have a bunch of “guys” together trying to work on the same agenda. What’s interesting is that the bishops disagree with each other in such respectful, “Gospel” ways and they usually hide it, but when it comes to priests, nuns, or lay people, they get ugly like Benedict–though his mean spirit is partially hidden by royal display–against nuns and particular theologians who dare to think a bit differently than his antique mode.

  • Michael

    Yeah, the problem is that they don’t have a spokesman. Not that they may BE tone deaf or that speaking for all the Bishops is an impossible task, but they just haven’t found the right person.