Organizers face media challenge with Pope's trip to UK
August 30, 2010
Looking forward to the September visit by Pope Benedict XVI, The Guardian questions whether the Church has a media team capable of responding to an enormous challenge. The Guardian analyst answers in the negative, but concedes that the fault isn’t entirely on the side of the Church. Organizers of the papal trip have arranged to have several authoritative commentators ready to speak to the media. But:
The fact that the media may not want to hear from these people seems to have escaped the organisers' notice. It is good copy to get the most outrageous Catholic voices who can be found on issues such as abortion, civil partnerships and child abuse. Many in the media are not interested in a rational voice from the Catholic church – it's not good box office.