Longtime readers of the Insight Scoop blog (est. A.D. 2004) know that I occasionally break from the modest, cerebral approach that characterizes the vast majority of my writing (yes, that was typed keyboard-in-cheek) in order to rant a bit about certain pet peeves. One that holds a certain pride of place are badly written, incoherent, and theologically clueless pieces—press releases, really—celebrating some brave woman who is now a "Catholic priest", made so by the power vested in her by herself.
There have been some strong contenders over the years. But this WCPO.com (Cincinatti) article is the hands-down winner in my book, which means it is actually a loser of comical proportions. First, the headline:
Priest bends rules of church by being a woman
In a parallel world, where reality and truth prevail, the headline would be:
Woman breaks rules of Catholic Church by pretending to be a priest
In a parallel fashion, in a non-ecclesial setting, it would be:
Man breaks state law by impersonating a police officer
But the author, Jessica Noll, has her riveting headline and plunges bravely into the shallow waters beneath it: