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VATICAN CITY - 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, The Associated Press learned Saturday.
Originally posted by Maxmars
Unfortunately for Catholics, the reality is that there is a business of running the Catholic institution as well as a separate matter of ministering the faith. The two are (as I say, unfortunately) inexorably intertwined.
Whether it is by a naturally occurring phenomenon of massive institutions, or by simple corruption; these matters must be surgically separated from one another - otherwise the church (the REAL church, the people and what they do) will suffer the indignities of the "church" (which is the "business.")
Public relations is only a cosmetic solution to the problem. (But far be it from me to presume to advise the Holy See as to how that must happen.)
The fact that a former Fox employee is there shouldn't be considered as anything suspicious, because whomever they chose - it would have to have been from within the Conglomerated Media Institution (after all there are only 5 or so real owners.)
Now if Fox suddenly becomes overtly "church friendly" I too will be inclined to start to scrutinize the relationship.... But it seems a bit too soon to start casting aspersions on a "business" seeking to manage an already failing public image.
This wont detract the perennially angered at the tragic missteps the Catholic church has taken part in over the centuries... even if you remind them that those sins for which they have yet to publicly atone are not theirs alone, but just a small portion of the sins of emperors, kings, queens, presidents, and parliaments, as well.
(For the record, I find the Opus Dei angle far more interesting.)edit on 25-6-2012 by Maxmars because: (no reason given)