Why the Vatican hired a Fox News reporter
2012 06 26

From: TheWeek.com

The Roman Catholic Church is having a rough time in the public relations department: Frequent leaks on infighting and corruption among Pope Benedict XVI’s top advisers have embarrassed the Vatican, a crackdown on American nuns is drawing bad press, and a long-running child sex-abuse scandal made headlines again Friday thanks to the monumental child-endangerment conviction of a Philadelphia prelate. Now, the Holy See has a new strategy to resolve this media mess: Hiring Fox News journalist Greg Burke as senior communications adviser. Burke, who is also a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei — the antagonists in The Da Vinci Code — likens his new role to that of the White House’s top media strategist. "You’re shaping the message," he says, and "you’re trying to make sure everyone remains on-message." Why did the Vatican tap a Fox News alum for this job? Here, four theories:

1. No one spins like Fox

"When it comes to the spin wars, having God on your side is not enough," says Canada’s Maclean’s. Fox, on the other hand, is a supremely useful ally. In other words, if you "need your scandals whitewashed," says Bridgette P. LaVictoire at Lez Get Real, "just bring in someone from Fox News to do it for you." Burke has all the right qualifications to be an extraordinary "propaganda minister."


2. Pope Benedict likes Burke’s Opus Dei ties

Calling in an outside journalist from the ranks of Opus Dei has worked for the Holy See before, says John Hooper in Britain’s The Guardian. The late Pope John Paul II poached a Spanish journalist, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, to be his longtime spokesman, with remarkable success. Benedict has also increasingly turned to Opus Dei for help. The chief investigator of the "VatiLeaks" scandal is Cardinal Juilán Herranz — a member of Opus Dei. Even Fox’s Burke acknowledges the potential importance of his Opus Dei ties. "It might come into play," he told the AP. "We’ll leave it to the world’s conspiracy theorists and remaining Da Vinci Code obsessives to figure out what that means," says Caroline Bankoff at New York.

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