The National Catholic Reporter published a cartoon insinuating the Pope’s popularity is raining on Archbishop Chaput’s parade. This cartoon, illustrated by Pat Marrin, was published alongside an article by Charles J. Reid Jr on August 17, 2013, titled “Archbishop Chaput’s right-wing funk.”
The absurdity of this NCR article gained numerous links from Catholic websites, who were justifiably shocked at the untruthfulness of the story. In the weeks following its publication, blogs and news agencies continue to reference the article, sending more and more traffic to NCR.org.
The strategy of publishing racy photos to drive traffic to a website is nothing new.
NCR is employing the same strategy CNN used when they published racy photos of Miley Cyrus at the VMA awards. It’s the same strategy supermarket tabloids use.
Scandalous Stories = Increased Web Traffic = Increased Advertising Revenue.
It is a successful campaign at the expense of Archbishop Chaput and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
An Old School Philadelphia Response to Bishop Bashing
Consider these simple actions to combat NCR’s defamation of the Bishop of Philadelphia.
- Contact the Editor of NCR and tell him this photo offends you.
- Ask your friends to contact NCR either by phone or email, and tell them this photo offends you
- Tell parishioners to contact NCR either by phone or email, and tell them this photo offends you
- Contact NCR’s advertisers and ask them to stop supporting an organization that bashes your Bishop.
- Delete any link to NCR from your website.
- Pray for the conversion of NCR.
Online Contact Form to Email NCR Editor
Dear Dennis Coday, Editor of NCR,
[contactform email="firstname.lastname@example.org" subject="Stop Bishop Bashing - Remove the Cartoon of Archbishop Chaput" success="Thank You for Supporting Our Catholic Bishops"]
[name label="Name" required="true"]
[textfield label="Please remove the cartoon of Archbishop Chaput because..."]
[autoresponder fromName="Seminarian " fromEmail="Casual" subject="Thank You for Your Support" message="%Name%, Thank You sending an email to the editor of NCR. Please keep this matter in your prayers, Seminarian Casual"]
How do you respond to NCR?