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Chaput: ‘It’s just amazing to me how hostile the press is to everything the president does’

Archbishop Charles Chaput

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 02/14/17

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Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a radio talk show host Mondaythat he believes fewer than 25 percent of those working in the “mainstream … elite” media have religious faith, and expressed surprise at what he termed was media hostility to President Trump. “It’s just amazing to me how hostile the press is to everything the president does,” Chaput told the California-based Hugh Hewitt, a Catholic conservative. “I don’t want to be partisan in my comments here, but it seems to me if we are really serious about our common responsibilities, we support the president,” Chaput said, “whether we accept everything he stands for or not, and wish him success rather than trying to undermine him. “The elite, of course, kind of pooh-pooh religious faith … very deliberately,” Chaput said. “It is important to us not to desire to be a part of that with the elite, to the point that we give up our faith.” He did not offer any data to support his contention that news media are markedly less religious than the general public — an idea Hewitt proposed to him. According to a 2007 survey by the Pew Research Center, 29 percent of  journalists who worked in “national” media and 37 percent in “local” media said they attended worship at least once a month. Thirty-four percent of those in print media and 23 percent in broadcast said they never attended worship. The archdiocese reported last year that 20 percent of Catholics in its boundaries attended Mass each weekend. That number is down from 24 percent in 2006 and 34 percent in 1990.

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