The Murdoch media scandal in the U.K continues to stain other institutions. First, it was the poliicians, then the journalists, then the police. And now it has reached he Catholic church in England and Wales.
Just about a year ago now English Catholics were preparing for the Pope’s visit in September. It was going to be very costly so the hierarchy put their muscle on as many high-flyers as they could.
One they approached was Rupert Murdoch himself. Although not a Catholic himself, Murdoch has given to Catholic causes before. He is also a papal knight.
And the gift bought Murdoch some access. He met the pope at Westminster Cathedral. His son, James, met Benedict XVI at another papal reception.
The editor of the London Tablet wrote this week: « Do Catholics really want their memories of one of the greatest occasions in their national Church’s history to be sullied by links to the corrupt and the cruel? A welcome gesture now would be to return the Murdoch money and find other ways of replenishing the church coffers. »
Should the Catholic Church return the Murdoch money?
Should it refuse Murdoch money in the future?
What do you think?