Fox News' official propaganda priest, Father Jonathan Morris, brings new meaning to the expression "holy shit." Just when you think that the sweet little padre might be speaking from his sweet little heart, in comes a right cross (pun intended) that demonstrates his deft ability to work in whatever meme his brother in Christ and the GOP, Roger Ailes, needs repeating. One of the Fox's big memes, especially as articulated by Bill O'Reilly, is that the NY Times is Satan's very own media outlet - as opposed to Fox News being Jesus' and Cardinal Dolan's sacred harp. During his weekly Fox & Friends sermonette, Fr. Morris was able to work in this meme as well as put his own positive spin on those who, according to recent data, are losing faith in society's institutions which include (cue R.E.M.) their religion.
Morris sat on the curvy couch with Alysin Camerota, Clayton Morris, and Fox's uber Catholic royalty, Maltese Knight Peter Johnson Jr. The topic was a National Journal which focused on some down on their luck residents of Muncie Indiana and how their distrust of society's institutions mirrors that of the greater population. Morris talked about how folks are losing faith in institutions. He cited the pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church as an example of an appropriate loss of trust in an institution deemed untrustworthy. He noted that after institutions, like the Catholic Church, experience a loss of trust they "put foundations in place that are trustworthy." Then, in a moment of transubstantiation, he changed the narrative into a hit on the NY Times:
"The NY Times right now, has it lost trust, you better believe its lost trust. Is that a good thing? Well if they're not trustworthy, if there's a bias, that's a good thing." Okaaay. The topic is loss of faith in society's institutions. WTF does the NY Times have to do with this. And where is the cute cleric getting that gem from? It's not in the article. But agitprop was delivered as smoothly as a communion wafer. Message - The NY Times has lost trust cuz they might be biased - wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Meanwhile the pretty padre is saying this on a Fox News show which is, IMHO, a tad ironic, don't ya think! His next pronouncement was spit out the coffee worthy given the irony, once again, of his saying it on Fox News: "It doesn't make sense; it's stupid actually to have faith in that's not true." (Which, as Bill Maher points out, includes talking snakes...)
Camerota cited some stats from a Baylor University survey on spirituality. Morris waxed dramatic when he asserted that despite this lack of trust in spiritual institutions, "there is something in the human soul that is crying out for purpose" and how that leads those who have gone astray to come back to the fold because "my soul begs for it." He claimed that people are coming back "in droves" to his church and other churches because "we need something." (What Morris never mentions is that one out of every ten Americans is an ex-Catholic but whatever.) Camerota said "that is beautiful."
So there you have it. Father Morris, as the representative of the one true Fox faith, explains it all to you. Wonder if he and his special friend, Roger Ailes, get down on their knees together to pray for good Fox News ratings and GOP victory.
NOTE TO MORRIS
The pedophile priests and the cardinals who protect them are untrustworthy.