On “Meet the Press” last Sunday, moderator David Gregory was talking with Cardinal Francis George about the new people and seems more interested in American politics than Catholic teachings:
When asked about the tension between the Church’s teachings and contemporary attitudes, George emphasized that the pope “simply has to preach the Gospel,” even in a context so secularized that it seems “there is no god and Freud is his prophet.” He lamented that “for the sake of sexual liberation, we’re willing to let a lot of other liberties go.” The cardinal said he was “not sure we realize what’s going on,” but that Pope Francis “will help us to realize it better.”
Gregory pushed him about the Church’s role in American politics, but the cardinal rejected that Catholic teachings are easily mapped onto American politics: “The categories you use are conservative and liberal, you’ll be using them today, our categories are what is true and what is false.”
I’d say that applies to life outside religion, too, although I wouldn’t quite make the contrast between truth and falsehood. I’d differentiate between people who think the truth is worth pursuing and those who say it can never be known. And just because we can’t always see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.
The fact that we understand it poorly or incompletely is reason enough to keep searching — it’s a worthy lifetime’s work, in fact.
Politics explained … The simple-minded headline of the day comes from the Columbia State newspaper:
“Turnout will decide today’s congressional winners”
Let’s see, how does that work? Oh, got it. The candidate who has the most voters turning out to vote for him wins. Brilliant!
That’s a laugh … So, it’s going to be Jimmy Fallon at “The Tonight Show,” and a friend of mine complained, “But I just got used to Jay Leno!” A lot of people seem to be concerned about this change, but I’m not sure why:
NBC keeps trying to update its Leno with younger, fresher talent, even though he rules in ratings. First Conan, and then Fallon, are supposed to lead NBC into the future where everything is Hulu’d and Roku’d and YouTubed. Though Leno works on TV, when’s the last time you saw anyone bother to post a bit of his on the web? NBC wants that and Fallon brings it, though less cleverly than Jimmy Kimmel who marries Middle America appeal and Internet love better than either of them.
I read somewhere else that NBC is going after the “younger, hipper demographic,” which is futile since they areen’t that much into TV. Some of us in the older, frumpier demographic have abandoned late night was well. I can’t remember the last time I watched a late-night show. I don’t know if my tastes in comedy have changed or the comics aren’t as good, but they don’t seem all that funny or even mildly entertaining.