Pope faces media backlash


Jennifer Harper

 Pope Benedict XVI SC


Faith often gets short shrift in the news – unless a little sex and politics are thrown in.

Unprecedented pontiff bashing has taken hold in the press – prompted by Pope Benedict XVI’s criticism of the use of condoms in anti-AIDS programs, made on his arrival Tuesday for a weeklong tour of Africa.

“This is one of the most horrifically ignorant statements made by a world leader since former President George W. Bush’s promise to ‘smoke ’em out’ in reference to terrorist leaders including Osama bin Laden,” said Bonnie Erbe, a PBS host and columnist.

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