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Written Word > Articles & Commentaries > July 2009 > "Who Gets To Speak on Public TV?"
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Fr. Russell A. Griffin
Dear Fr. Barron,
What you bear witness to in this article is what I have been saying and teaching over and over and over again. The problem is, true liberalism does not exist anymore. There is no longer any free exchange of ideas. What bothers me is, "liberal" venues like PBS have heard our position which you have so beautifully stated, and they just don't care. They will not address. “We are the intellectuals and we know better.” How patronizing and how blatantly ignorant and blind they are.
I think back to what our Blessed Lord said, ""If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. God bless you. You have been a blessing to my priestly ministry.
AKA: FSU1976
7/8/2009 4:54:58 PM
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Fr. barron,
I am afraid that in a couple of years, people like you will be serving time in prison for the things we beleive. If that ever happens, I want to to go to prison for Christ too, becausese there is no difference to me between a society tht does not allow God in thier midst and a state penitentiary. If it comes to that, I rejoice and will be glad! For we suffer for the Lord!
7/14/2009 6:12:00 PM
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Do you not (all of you) grow weary of defending your faith at every turn? I do. I became Roman Catholic at Easter Vigil 1989. It seems once people learn you are Roman Catholic (and it does not take long for them to see it) they are suddenly full of questions; usually accusations disguised as questions. It has caused me to research research research in order to answer their questions. Word on Fire is one site I visit regularly for answers. Our own priest has amazing homilies and I find them very helpful; but I become tired of constantly defending. I find rest with like minded people. No discussion necessary. It is tempting to remain within that "bubble."
7/18/2009 10:37:46 PM
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Well I'm gay and catholic. I understand why gay people separate them self from god. Church is the last place where you can find a kindness. People who would look at you as a human being before your sexuality, before star judging you for who you are. The bigger the gap between gay people and church people, the more we are going to keep on discussing this issue. I'm very glad to have a sold ground for my faith and be mature enough to know who I am but most important to know who I am not.
I understand Fr. Barron's view, but he also had to understand that gay people don't have it easy. You might think they have already to much "media-time", but have a deep look and you'll see that most of it is about defending ourselves or being stereotype.
I don't want to offend anyone here. God bless you.
4/4/2010 6:21:32 AM
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PBS operates to some extent with public funds. So, to some degree they will have to operate under the separation of church and state philosophy. Although, you might find from time to time in a non religious show people talking about their beliefs or for that matter you might see shows that talk about religion from a historical perspective.

I would recommend seeing if you local area has public access usually through a local cable provider that allow religious programming. I lived in Dallas some time ago and we produced a show that way. Because public access is mean to serve the community they broadcast in, they usually don't have a religious programming exclusion.
8/10/2010 11:42:31 AM
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Kell Brigan
For Claudia,
Don't you find more intolerance in the "gay" culture, than at Church? How do you handle the pressures when you have to tell other people you know who consider themselves "gay" that you are living a celibate life? I've seen many Catholics dealing with same-sex attraction issues who are ridiculed and harassed for not engaging in homosexual acts, and for living a celibate life. I see many more people in the "Gay" culture who are hostile to the Church, and to the teaching that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered and cannot be supported by the Church.
8/24/2010 5:59:27 PM
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