Charles J. Chaput is the Archbishop of Philadelphia and during a radio talk show earlier on Monday he told the host ( Hugh Hewitt, a Catholic conservative) that he thinks fewer than twenty five percent of the mainstream media’s so called elite have religious faith while expressing surprise at what he described as media hostility to Donald Trump.
Charles Chaput was quoted as saying:
“It’s just amazing to me how hostile the press is to everything the president does. 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,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. 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.”
Hugh Hewitt asked the Archbishop if he can provide some hard facts about his claim that news media is significantly less religious than the American public but he did not offer any “official” data.
However, according to a ten years old Pew Research Center survey, 29 percent of journalists who were working in national media and 37 percent of the local media were attending worship once a month or more.
34% in print media and 23 percent in broadcast declared themselves to be basically atheists, as they never attended worship, but then again, that survey was made back in 2007, prior to the 8 years of Barack Obama’s full-throttle progressiveness, not to mention Pope Francis’s entering on the world stage.
Archbishop Chaput is well known for his criticism with regard to the secularizing trends in the US and he’s also very vocal about same sex marriage and abortion. Obviously, he does not approve of those either in what he calls a post Christian world.
Chaput believes that all Americans have the right to be critical and to disagree with the President, especially on moral issues. However, the mainstream media’s hostility to Donald Trump shows great despair and anxiety as they renounced at any pretense of being independent and fair.