Profession & Faith: à la BBC


As followers of this Blog can testified, we have consistently criticized BBC corporation for its strong anti-Catholicism editorials and video productions in matters related to the Church

To our disbelief, at QDVF we have been informed that the Director-General of BBC, Mr. Mark Thompson, is a Roman Catholic, and attends the Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga. Moreover, his education was by Jesuits at the independent school Stonyhurst College, and from there went up to Merton College, Oxford.

What to make of this? At least two ideas come to mind:

First, the Catechism of the Catholic Church indicates that

By the very nature of their profession, journalists have an obligation to serve the truth and not offend against charity in disseminating information. They should strive to respect, with equal care, the nature of the facts and the limits of critical judgment concerning individuals. They should not stoop to defamation. (CCC, 2497)

Second, St. Jose Maria Escriva recommends:

Nonsectarianism. Neutrality. Old myths that always try to seem new.
Have you ever stopped to think how absurd it is to leave one’s Catholicism aside on entering a university, a professional association, a cultural society, or Parliament, like a man leaving his hat at the door? (Way, 353)

What to do about this?

To remind Mr. Thompson of his obligation to be fair and to let both sides of the story to have time and space to refute any criticism and/or controversy. We are not asking him to turn BBC into EWTN or the like, we are asking for unbiased journalism…Is this possible? Maybe too much to ask for, but at least Catholic Church members should be allowed to participate in whatever story the BBC releases related to Catholicism…(We are pretty sure that other religions would like to have the same opportunity.)

Finally, another quote from St. Jose Maria Escriva:

What amazes you seems natural to me— that God has sought you out in the practice of your profession! That is how he sought the first, Peter and Andrew, James and John, beside their nets, and Matthew, sitting in the custom-house. And — wonder of wonders! — Paul, in his eagerness to destroy the seed of the Christians.


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