Why the Vatican hired a Fox News reporter
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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