The Holy Father Is a Ratings Prayer Answered

Have you been following any of this pope coverage?

Apparently you're not alone.

The guy's a ratings magnet.

And at 81, a real draw with younger viewers as well, actually, especially younger viewers.

I've seen it in news ratings.

This channel, all channels.

The Holy Father is a ratings prayer answered.

Which defies logic, if you think about it, or conventional media logic if you hear it.

Old people don't rate.

Apparently they do.

Messages of simple goodness won't sell.

Apparently they will.

And a guy who talks about building us up will fare better than candidates determined to drag each other down.

The build up guy does better than the tear-down ones.

I don't know if it's a sign of a nation tired of political in-fighting, credit-crunching, or mortgage-melting, but I do know Pope Benedict is melting something else.

Our hearts.

Not just Catholic hearts. All hearts.

All interested not only to see the novelty of a pope in the U.S.

But a timely message for the U.S.

I like you. I admire you. I thank you.

Sometimes people need to hear they're valued.

Not from politicians who want our vote.

But from a simple and decent man who wants nothing more than to prove he wants us, period.

That, my friends, is love.

And it matters.

And yes, it rates.

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