Agenda-driven news appears to be common practice at the U.S. Bishops news service.
Catholic News Service (CNS), the official news service of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), recently published a story entitled German bishops reject COVID-19 ‘conspiracy theories’ by prominent clergy. The CNS story was quickly picked-up and promoted by liberal Catholic media outlets across the country, including the National Catholic Reporter, Crux, The Catholic Spirit, Catholic San Francisco, The Boston Pilot and the Madison Catholic Herald.
The CNS story covered the German bishops conference response to a letter issued on May 7th by prominent Catholic prelates and lay persons from around the world. The letter, entitled An Appeal for the Church and the World, urged governmental leaders to respect people’s inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The inalienable rights of citizens have, in many cases, been violated and their fundamental freedoms, including the exercise of freedom of worship, expression and movement, have been disproportionately and unjustifiably restricted.” It added that the fight against COVID-19, though serious, “must not be the pretext for supporting the hidden intentions of supranational bodies that have very strong commercial and political interests in this plan.
It is important to note CNS completely ignored the story about the Appeal when it was originally issued on May 7 and only decided to cover it AFTER the German Bishops’ condemnation.
This is not the first time we have warned you about the agenda-driven news of CNS. Earlier this month, we alerted you of a story published by CNS that appeared suggest it was morally acceptable for Catholics to use vaccines produced with aborted children. Many of the same so-called ‘Catholic’ news outlets were involved in promoting this story as well.
Faithful Catholics need to be wary of stories published by CNS and its affiliates of agenda-driven news outlets.
TAKE ACTION: Contact Archbishop José Gomez, President of the USCCB, asking him to investigate the agenda-driven Catholic News Service.