April 30, 2021

Letters to the Editor

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No letters were printed this week; here is the letter from three weeks ago:

Catholic media are accurate, honest and trustworthy sources of news, reader says

As the Easter issue of The Criterion, the April 2 edition appropriately contains many articles proclaiming the joy of the Resurrection.

However, it was hard for me to feel much joy when I got to pages 8-9, which contained four articles from Catholic News Service (CNS): fear of continued social unrest for faith communities in Minnesota; a worsening humanitarian crisis at our southern border; a mass shooting in Colorado; and escalating political violence in Myanmar. I pray that our risen Lord will bring peace and healing to all those affected by these tragedies.

I was struck by the balanced reporting of facts and the sensitivity to the dignity of all persons involved in these articles, which stand in stark contrast to how these particular events have been portrayed by most other news sources (if even reported at all).

I suppose journalistic integrity has become so scarce in our ubiquitous “mainstream media” that I am genuinely surprised to see it anywhere.

So I thought I would take this opportunity to thank the staffs of CNS and The Criterion for remaining among the diminishingly few accurate, honest and trustworthy sources of national and global news.

Because of, not in spite of, their mandatory and explicit Catholic viewpoint, these organizations report information in a far more fair and honorable manner than any secular news agency is capable of, even if it tried. I can only pray that we all soon have happier news to report.

May the peace of Christ be with all of us.

-Dr. Patrick Knerr | Plainfield

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