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Vatican Gets Fox News Media Adviser–Let Me Tell You What I Think

June 24, 2012

How does one sell soap-on-a-rope to a bunch of pedophiles in the Catholic Church?   With better messaging and spin.

The last thing the Vatican needs is someone who can hone the message.

What the Vatican needs is some bleach and sunlight.

Years of communication blunders is not the problem.  A whole lot of priests who grope boys is the issue, while coercing those who sit in the pews to pay the legal bills. 

No amount of messaging will undo that truth.

That the Vatican thinks this is all a PR problem is an international insult.

The Vatican has brought in the Fox News correspondent in Rome to help improve its communications strategy as it tries to cope with years of communications blunders and one of its most serious scandals in decades, officials said Saturday.

Greg Burke, 52, will leave Fox to become the senior communications adviser in the Vatican’s secretariat of state, the Vatican and Burke told The Associated Press.

The Vatican has been bedeviled by communications blunders ever since Benedict’s 2005 election, and is currently dealing with a scandal over Vatican documents that were leaked to Italian journalists. While the scandal is serious — Benedict himself convened a special meeting of cardinals Saturday to try to cope with it — the Vatican’s communications problems long predate it.

Benedict’s now-infamous speech about Muslims and violence, his 2009 decision to rehabilitate a schismatic bishop who denied the Holocaust, and the Vatican’s response to the 2010 explosion of the sex abuse scandal are just a few of the blunders that have tarnished Benedict’s papacy.

  1. Solly permalink
    June 26, 2012 11:49 PM

    You have been duly reported for heresy. Expect to hear from Bishop Bob shortly. However, I am selling indulgences which will get you out of this mess. Pay at this window.

  2. Alinka permalink
    June 26, 2012 7:14 AM

    Oh, dear, by no means, you are always a gentleman, weren’t flippant at all! Sorry for being dense, appreciate the explanation, got it.

    Amazing how some catholics defend the Church…. Recently I was a part of a discussion where the catholic side seriously argued that Dolan’s recent issue with paying off accused priests to go away and avoid a long laicization process ,was a good, honorable thing to do to. Calling police and starting an investigation was never considered them as a valid option, despite the sad example of Joe Paterno.

  3. June 25, 2012 11:15 AM

    Dante writes of “few pedophile priest” That is like saying there was only one pope who was corrupt or killed someone. You might be aware of what John Paul 1, who led the Church for mere weeks before being killed at the Vatican stated about the place he lived, “Also, I have noticed two things that appear to be in very short supply: honesty and a good cup of coffee”

  4. d.ante permalink
    June 25, 2012 6:58 AM

    It was a shame how the Church poorly handled a few pedophile priest. Between the Church support of liberal causes and the gay abuse of boys it is hard for me to see the Church in a positive light no matter how they spin it.

  5. Morgan Sheridan permalink
    June 24, 2012 6:12 PM

    I do think Benedict has outdone the Borgia popes for sheer corruption. Their corruption was so much more honest.

  6. June 24, 2012 1:38 PM


    Hope my last comment helps, and I am sorry if I was flippant with my first remark to you—I value you as a reader to this blog.

    Have a nice day.

  7. June 24, 2012 1:36 PM

    “Soap-on-a-rope” is a pejorative remark. In the fears of many, if you are sent to prison, you are likely to be sodomized or abused by the other inmates. If you should drop your soap in the shower, then you are at greater risk–real or not–in the minds of these people. With that said, if you have soap on a rope, which would allow you to hang the soap up and not rish dropping it where you might have to bend over, you are in a better situation. In relation to this post, the soap-on-a-rope comment is irony–these pedophile priests want the others to have their “soap drop” to the ground in their figurative “prison showers”.

  8. Alinka permalink
    June 24, 2012 12:46 PM

    Ok, no biggie. I asked for I am not a native engl. speaker. No google provided explanation makes sense in your sentence. No problem, forget it:)

  9. June 24, 2012 12:43 PM

    Well–with all due respect to you as a reader–but if you have to ask……

  10. Alinka permalink
    June 24, 2012 12:38 PM

    sorry, what does “selling soap-on-a-rope” expression means? thanks 🙂

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