A Dishonest Way to Frame the Debate

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by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 15, 2017   

Fake news outlets are misusing the phrase "Church Militant" to paint faithful Catholics as extremists

The liberal media keeps mentioning the phrase "Church Militant" — it's showing up in The New York TimesHuffington Post, MSNBC and other outlets — but they're universally getting it wrong.

Even celebrity priest James Martin, S.J. can't seem to get it right, equating "Church Militant" with what he terms "radical traditionalists" — even though he should know better, with his years of Catholic theological training.

 
To quote directly from this apostolate's Mission statement:

The Holy Catholic Church, the Universal Church, is divided into three supernatural missions: 

The Church Militant
The Church Suffering
The Church Triumphant 

The Church Suffering comprises the souls of the righteous suffering in Purgatory as they are purified for Heaven.
The Church Triumphant comprises the souls of the saints who have been glorified in Heaven.  
The Church Militant comprises the souls on earth engaged in battle against the forces evil.

We are the Church Militant.

The Church Militant (Ecclesia Militans) is the Christian militia. The Church Militant does battle against sin, the devil and the demonic "rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).

If only these fake news outfits had done a little homework before launching into their anti-Catholic tirades (a simple Google search would've yielded immediate answers), they might have saved themselves the embarrassment of being proven wrong — once again. 

Watch the panel discuss the media's dishonest attempts to frame the debate in The Download—The Politics of Trump and the Pope.

 

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Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.

Christine Niles is executive producer and editor-in-chief at ChurchMilitant.com.

Follow Christine on Twitter: @ChristineNiles1