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Murdoch Broadcasts TV Bio of Pope Francis

“The Rebel Pope,” produced by FOX Telecolombia for National Geographic, was released on March 20. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation bought a controlling interest in FOX Telecolombia in 2007.  Murdoch bought the National Geographic’s media in September 2015.

The “Rebel Pope” will be broadcast internationally by the National Geographic Channel in 170 countries and 45 languages.

Additionally, Greg Burke, former US Fox News correspondent in Rome, was named vice director of the Vatican Press Office in December. He was identified as “Vatican spokesman” in March.

Connections Go Around and Come Around

The week before he was appointed by Pope Francis as one of his principle advisers in April 2013, Australian Cardinal George Pell attended a “Gala Dinner” to honor Murdoch who “owns or controls print, cable and film outlets in so many places that his cultural and political views are fast becoming a feature of global geography.”

Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp, attended a January 17-18, 2016, conference along with Pope Francis’ secretary of state, foreign minister and president of the Vatican Bank. “The Global Foundation conference discussed a new governance model for the world economy.” Pell was the headliner. “If we are to truly mobilize the global economy in a sustainable fashion, it will require business, not regulators, to take a leading role,” Pell told the assembled business leaders.

Murdoch and Pell are both supporters of  Australia’s right wing former prime minister, Tony Abbott, and are said to be two of the “three most influential people in Abbott’s political life.”

In January 2016, Abbott flew to the US to give a speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom, the “world-wide exporter of their own brand of hate”  towards gays and “prominent in the religious right movement for its work seeking to criminalize sodomy internationally.”

Pope Francis invited Alan Sears,  founding president of the Alliance Defending Freedom, to attend a Vatican conference for those opposed to same-sex marriage where the pope gave the opening address.

“Alan Sears is a regular conservative voice on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News channel.”


(Betty Clermont is author of The Neo-Catholics: Implementing Christian Nationalism in America.)



2 Responses

  1. Papal packaging…. Jack


    John Alonzo Dick, PhD, STD Geldenaaksebaan 85A 3001 Heverlee – BELGIUM


    • Well said! Thank you.

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