by Anura Guruge
‘Rome Reports‘ claims to be a private and independent international TV news agency based in Rome, Italy, specializing in covering the Pope and the Vatican. With its ethnically diverse and talented team of journalists, producers, cameramen and editors, the agency instantly offers the latest news from Rome as well as a half-hour Weekly Newsprogram. Everyday broadcast stations around the world aim to keep their audiences informed on the latest from the Catholic Church.
Last night I found a 3:13 minute video clip by them, on Google news, reporting on the 24 cardinal designates named by the pope on Wednesday, October 20 for the November 20, 2010 cardinal creating consistory.
Early in the report they use the word ‘NOTEWORTHY’ to identify just some of those named. These are ALL WHITE. So the implication is that the others, i.e., the non-whites, including the Archbishop of Sri Lanka, are not noteworthy. That is scandalous. All 24 are noteworthy by definition!
Also look carefully. None of the three black and one brown (or very tanned) archbishops are shown. That is insulting. [Yes, they show Cardinal Arinze, in passing, but he wasn’t one of those named.]
They have a video clip of Burke in his curial capacity.
Well, damn it, Ranjith Don was in Rome, working for the curia, twice, between 2001 – 2004 and 2005 – 2009. During all those years they never got a video clip of him in Rome. Yes, I understand, painfully, that we don’t come out too good in videos because of the light-balance of video cameras are optimized for light skin tones. But, to not show him, or any of the three black designates is beyond the pale.
Now do YOU understand why I blow a minor gasket when people tell me, as in the comment posted here yesterday, that color doesn’t matter. It does. Especially in Rome. I know. I used to visit Italy, at least once a year, to SKI. (What else is there to do in Italy?) They are nice enough, especially the ladies, but they notice skin color.
Yes, I know that this is not official, but it clearly reflects how Rome thinks. Yes, that upsets me.
So watch and listen CAREFULLY. Sri Lanka is not mentioned. It is just dismissed as an Asian country. Yes, neither are the three African countries with BLACK Archbishops. Naguib, the Egyptian is shown, but he is hardly tanned.
The video mentions the 121 electors … and then later on say that only 120 can participate in a conclave without bothering to explain what happens to today’s extra ’12th man.’
There closing statement about ‘any unmarried Catholic’ being eligible to be pope is DEAD WRONG. Read THE BOOK. That is a Catholic fairy tale.
I don’t have the stomach to watch this damn travesty again … but can YOU listen carefully when they state the number of cardinals created by Benedict XVI. Do they say ’60’? Please let me know. The number after the November 20 consistory will be 62.
Here is the 3:13 minute video clip. Please watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2aqT4iYzpY&feature=player_embedded
Please scroll down this blog for all the posts related to the October 20 announcement and the November 20, 2010 consistory. You might also find all the comments illuminating. Thank you.