There are numerous Christian denominations in the US. But the only Sunday preaching on Fox "News" is from Fr. Jonathan Morris, a Catholic priest who is a former high ranking member of a disgraced Catholic order whose leader pandered to the rich and famous while sexually abusing seminarians and fathering children out of wedlock. As the special and one true Fox priest, Morris promotes right wing propaganda especially that which is in synch with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, headed by Fox fave Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Today, Morris spoke about his "Lent Challenge 2013" which is his methodology to get right in "body, mind, and soul." He even suggested that non-Christians participate. Really?
After Morris described how his "challenge" is about "renewal" in the areas of "body, mind, and soul," he noted that even non-Christians should consider doing this. He recommended that if you're giving up something, you should add something positive. When discussing what to give up for Lent, he suggested that it should be something that's "not helpful." For more information, he advised his Fox congregation to go to his website for further information.
When Mike Jerrick, asked a hypothetical (?) question,"I'm having trouble with my soul, what should I do,?" Morris seemed a little flustered and joked about Jerrick making a confession. Looking very serious, Jerrick went through the opening lines of the Catholic "confession." Morris' response was to instruct those who are "having trouble with their souls," to examine things "that are not helpful" such as "sinful habits." The little padre gave us a cute little grin when Alisyn Camerota joked that Jerrick should give up "unholy thoughts."
Beyond asking why any non-Christian would bother to take his Lent "challenge," (Lent is the liturgical lead up to the crucifixion of Jesus who is venerated by Christians) the question is whether Morris realizes that the Baptists and non-denominational Christian churches (presumably a large group of Fox News watchers) don't do lent. (They have a problem with temporarily giving up something that people return to). And why would those who aren't Christians want to do something for Lent? Is Fox pandering to a certain demographic group (read, white Catholics)?
But here's the real thing. If Morris believes that people should give up unholy thoughts, shouldn't Morris be telling that to all those on Fox News who get ratings on "unholy thoughts." Just saying....