I will admit that I get a bit ranty pants from time to time about media, however in the last week there have been several things which have really annoyed me and just seem like lazy journalism. A lot of this revolves around the recent Papal elections. There seemed to be some surprise within that the new pope might be and was conservative. That this came as a surprise to anyone is beyond me. The Catholic Church itself is an organisation steeped in and based on conservatism. The ruling elite, certainly are conservative and as the electors of the new Pope they were always going to be choosing a conservative. This of course is doubly more so when you consider they choose from within their own ranks. Really do we need to report that? Or are we just reporting mass junk to the people, which feeds on societies dumbing down? I am yet to be convinced that reporting that the new pope thought that same sex marriage was evil and wrong was actually newsworthy and worth reporting. Quite frankly, tell me when the Pope proclaims something unexpected, until then, please shut up! His views were reported with interest as if this was something we had been waiting for a casting vote on. Really???
I was bought up Catholic and when I was growing up the concept of the Pope was something very sacred and almost mystical. Someone, chosen by the cardinals with the help of God. The man chosen was God's representative on earth and not to be questioned. In many ways, of course, the Pope is one of the final examples of a Monarchy with unquestioned authority. Yet, this last election, for me, stripped away all of that to what it really is, which is a competition between those who desire ultimate authority in their chosen career. Pick me for C.E.O!!! That you can stand down from being the Pope says to me that there is nothing sacred about this office. Surely if God wants you out of the job, he can just stop your heart and bring you to him. Surely the ultimate reward for a practicing Catholic.
So then to the final bit of reporting which tipped me over the edge. Simon Mercep was reporting and told us that Pope Francis I had celebrated his first inaugural Mass. Really? His first first Mass? Well that's a relief I was worried he was on to his second first Mass already!! This made my heart break as I hold National Radio in high regard and when they get lazy that kinda hurts. Now, I am willing to admit I might be missing something, but if I am somebody please tell me....
So there you have it, a small rant about expecting a bit more from what I am fed by the media. Can we have some intelligence please and can we start to respect people's ability to handle more than dross.