Manufactured momentum and the Pope
Just wait until the media digests the new Pope's views on abortion, which include a strong argument that pro-abortion Catholics should be denied communion:
In an October 2, 2007 speech Bergoglio said that “we aren’t in agreement with the death penalty,” but “in Argentina we have the death penalty. A child conceived by the rape of a mentally ill or retarded woman can be condemned to death.”
The remarks came during the presentation of a document called the Aparecida Document, a joint statement of the bishops of Latin America. In the document, the new Pope referred to abortion and communion, saying “we should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”
Archbishop Bergoglio said then that “the most mentioned word in the Aparecida Document is ‘life’, because the Church is very conscious of the fact that the cheapest thing in Latin America, the thing with the lowest price, is life.”
That could make Vice President "Garden Variety" Joe Biden's upcoming visit to the Vatican a bit awkward.
The trick we're seeing the media play with the Catholic church is an example of their efforts to manufacture a "momentum of history," against which resistance is portrayed as unusual, even when it's not expressly denounced as immoral. "Wow, look at that! These guys still think abortion is a horrible sin! They think marriage should be a bond between men and women! How unusual, in this day and age!"
They do this sort of thing a lot. They've employed the tactic in support of an entirely different religion, the Church of Global Warming, for decades.