I have little idea what Pope Francis has to do with a 12-year-old girl’s confession of faith but he’s got me on one thing. I’m not a regular BuzzFeed reader. So I perused the listing of Ellie Hall’s coverage over the past month. There were six religion stories (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), each on Pope Francis (he hugs sheep! he leaves voicemails for nuns! etc.).
This is all well and good, as far as coverage of the world’s most famous Catholic goes. I’m sure there are many other good examples, as well.
But rather than get defensive, it would be nice to see just a bit more reflection on the part of journalists.
Certainly it is not the worst thing in the world that two of the four things highlighted in the letter were about Doctor Who and zero of the four were about her strong Christian views. The global Christian community can easily survive this slight. But, as I said in my initial tweet, this is just a nice case study in how religious views are downplayed.