I've watched 60 Minutes since its debut in the '60's. I only missed it when I was in a monastery or being a hermit.
This past Sunday, I watched Cardinal Sean's interview. I thought it was fine, but could have been better. He wasn't speaking 'ex cathedra' - obviously. Of course we know the interview was edited down as well. Interviews are usually edited for time and content. I think even Fr. Z experienced that and had to do a post explaining what he really said. (Go here.) Cardinal Sean expanded upon the content of his interview as well. (Go here.)
I am continually appalled by what Catholic commenters write in reaction to everything and anything which comes out in MSM on what this or that religious figure said. I came across a comment calling Cardinal Sean a slime ball. Worse things have been said, but that is an evil thing to say.
Anyway. Rorate Caeli has a very good take on the 60 Minute interview. I cite it because it is a respectful and dignified response to a Catholic who was obviously confused by what the Cardinal had to say in response to some very tough questions.
Cardinal O’Malley apparently resisted being interviewed on 60 Minutes for a long time but finally gave in. In so doing he put himself into an impossible position of trying to make sense of Church doctrine in a purely secular context, that is, a context that sees everything through the lens of personal rights and equal opportunity. When Norah O’Donnell, his interviewer, first brought up the question of why the Church denies the priesthood to women, the Cardinal’s answer was solid: he referred to the Incarnation and the maleness of Christ. He did not follow that through, however, for he was immediately forced to respond to the question in the secular way of thinking as set by the interviewer: power, fairness, exclusion, discrimination against women. O’Donnell, using “gender” terminology as a preface, asked the Cardinal the set-up question: Do you think the exclusion of women in the priesthood is “immoral”? The Cardinal was put in the position of having to respond to the question in terms of “gender”, gender discrimination. And that is where he stumbled, for Catholics do not believe in the ideology of gender theory. We believe in sex: male and female. He could have gone back to the Incarnation and the maleness of Jesus Christ, but that would be talking about theology, about doctrine, something of no interest to secularists, even Catholic secularists. - Father Richard Gennaro Cipolla
Read the rest here - it is a charitable and respectful commentary.