A public is a necessary fiction.
Bad human communication leaves us less room to grow.
Well, today, the diocese is more than ever a microcosm.
The Church exists to connect people at the level of their hunger for a new world.
The world's creation has a beginning from the world's point of view, not from God's.
Actual human discourse happens within a number of contexts, not in some sort of unified public forum.
In a spiritually sensitive culture, then, it might well be that age is something to be admired or envied.
Christians should emphatically be campaigning for justice for the poor - but the Church is not a campaign.
One of the most powerful defences the media can offer for controversial actions is, of course, public interest.
To conclude: good journalism is one of the models of good conversation and communication in the wider social context.