It may have been a first.
In what may have been the first time ever on a major television outlet, two popular TV personalities finally revealed that the media's never-ending obsession with decades-old episodes in the Church actually has nothing to do with the abuse of children and everything to do with the Catholic Church standing in firm opposition to the media's radical, secularist worldview.
A discussion starts with two
Radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham joined host Bill O'Reilly last Thursday on The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel to talk about how the news of the Pope's resignation has simply been used as an excuse by the media to once again rehash claims of sex abuse in the Church from 40 and 50 years ago.
O'Reilly, the highest rated host on cable news, opined that the media's hammering of the Church about old abuse claims is, in reality, "all abortion-driven." He added:
"The American media in general worships at the altar of 'reproductive rights,', and the primary driver against abortion is the Catholic Church, and that's what this is all about."
Ingraham built upon O'Reilly's premise, agreeing that the media's salacious coverage of sex abuse is only a pretext to attack the Church for it not kowtowing to the media's secularist worldview:
"Yes, the scandals were horrific and horrible, and the Catholic Church paid dearly and victims were victimized. It was horrific thing. At the same time, I think if all of that had never happened, the same people who are criticizing the Catholic Church today would [still] be criticizing the Catholic Church."
Ingraham cautioned the elites in the media to be careful what they wish for when incessantly attacking the Church:
"[The media] … disagrees with the doctrine of the Catholic Church, and I understand that. But enormous good is done by the Catholic Church around the world. And I would just say [that] if the Catholic Church went away tomorrow, there would be a lot of children, a lot of elderly people, a lot of indigent, a lot of people needing hospital care, compassionate care, who would have no one look out for them and have no one to protect them. So be careful what you wish for."
Kudos to O'Reilly and Ingraham for finally stating the obvious. Here is the video of the segment from The O'Reilly Factor: