Having spent some quite some time this week, in two telephone conversations with Madeleine Teahan, journalist with the Catholic Herald, as she wrote up her report on the Rob Flello MP & Co. attack on Catholic Truth, I was appalled to read her short report this morning, giving the majority of space to the Flello position and a short, inaccurate, quote from my letter in the final paragraph.
I found myself discussing the report after Mass this morning, with the two parishioners who had kindly brought me the paper to make sure I saw the report. As the discussion circle widened, the opinion was expressed by one person after another, that – surely? – the only people who support the same-sex marriage position and its advocates, are homosexuals themselves. I must say, it’s a thought which clicked with me. I mean, which of us could write an article about same-sex marriage and give the majority of the space over to its proponents?
I have now emailed the following letter for publication to Luke Coppen, editor of the Catholic Herald.
Madeleine Teahan’s report on the Westminster campaign against Catholic Truth was decidedly unbalanced (MPs clash with lobby group over conscience, 19 July, 2013)
Despite the fact that I told your reporter that my own letters to my MP were published on our blog, material which disproves the MP Rob Flello’s claim that we were responsible for “condemnatory” emails to parliamentary colleagues who voted in favour of same-sex marriage, that lie was repeated in your newspaper without any corrective quote from me. Dishonest.
Ms Teahan does include a quote on conscience, taken from my letter to Flello, but even that is not accurate due to careless, if not malicious, repetition of “and moral order”.
When Miss Teahan told me that she would write a “balanced report” I replied that such is the work of the secular journalist. Catholic newspapers should be promoting, not a “balanced view” but the truth. Ironically, this seemed to be news to her.
Juxtaposed with her disgraceful misrepresentation of Catholic Truth, unashamedly slanted in support of the misnamed Catholic Legislators Network, we see another article on the subject of same-sex marriage by the same journalist, headlined Bill on same-sex marriage passes its final hurdle. “Hurdle”? Your journalist (and presumably your good self) sees the parliamentary process for passing the (evil) same-sex legislation as a series of obstacles to be overcome?
Catholics are either against such evil as same-sex marriage or in favour – there’s no middle ground for a Catholic.
Is the Catholic Herald, then, its editor and journalists, pro-same-sex marriage? I can only presume so at the moment, but I think we have a right to know for sure. There’s no reason to shy away from stating your position. You’ll face no sanctions. Neither TDs who voted abortion up to birth into law in Ireland nor the members of the Catholic Legislators Network who voted in favour of same-sex marriage in the UK will face the canonical penalty of being refused Holy Communion. Anything goes, these days, so let’s hear it – is the Catholic Herald, like the majority of Catholic MPs “pro” same-sex marriage? END