Catholic reporter barred from family conference in Dublin
Attendees at a conference set up as an alternative to the World Meeting of Families in Dublin have been hearing a lot about the Special Place in Hell reserved for homosexuals.
For example, LifeSiteNews’ co-founder and Editor-in-Chief John-Henry Westen told the untra-conservative Conference of Catholic Families:
But journalist Elise Harris, in Ireland for the Catholic magazine Crux, was prevented from reporting on all the garbage being tossed about at the conference because the organisers apparently didn’t care about the tone of her reports, filed after she attended the first day of the two-day gathering of bigots.
Editor of Crux, John L Allen Jr, today wrote:
For the first time in Crux’s history, one of our reporters actually was banned from something this week. On Thursday, Elise Harris was kicked out of the “Conference of Catholic Families”, a sort of rival conservative event taking place just down the street from the official World Meeting of Families.
(It’s not actually termed a “rival” anything, of course, but it’s happening in the same place and at the same time as the World Meeting, and it has a clearly different tone and constituency.)
When Harris arrived Thursday morning for day two of the event, she was stopped at the entrance and informed she was “not welcome”. In the course of asking why, organizers told Harris that she had covered the event the day before under false pretenses because she hadn’t purchased a ticket like everyone else.
There was also a clear suggestion they didn’t care for her coverage, expressed in phrases such as, “It’s people like you who harm the Church”. (As a hint of the ideological alignment involved, she was also told to “go talk to James Martin and all your liberal friends.” In context, that seemed the rough equivalent of, “Go to hell”.)
Allen went on to explain that, on the opening day, Harris introduced herself, identified herself as a reporter for Crux, and was invited in without any mention of a ticket. She conducted interviews with several participants, including Anthony Murphy, founder of the Lumen Fidei Institute that hosted the event.
Obviously, those people were aware they were speaking with a reporter, especially given that Harris was wearing a credential around her neck that clearly said “Media” in large type.
If there are objections to the content of any Crux coverage, those who know us understand that we’ll take those concerns seriously and do our best to respond. One hopes, however, that there might be better solutions than leaping to the fairly extreme step of making someone ‘Banned in Dublin’.