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Scottish cardinal rips BBC

Catholic World News - September 06, 2010

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh is accusing the world’s largest broadcasting organization of anti-Christian and anti-Catholic bias.

“Our detailed research into BBC news coverage of Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular, together with a systematic analysis of output by the Catholic Church, has revealed a consistent anti-Christian institutional bias,” he said.

The cardinal expressed concern that a BBC documentary on Pope Benedict, timed for the start of the papal visit to Great Britain, would be a “hatchet job.” He said that the clear bias evident in BBC religious programming showed the need for the network to hire new religion editor.

The BBC rejected the cardinal’s suggestion, saying that the network already employs “a dedicated religion correspondent” and insisting that the network’s programming is fair and comprehensive.

“Senior news managers have admitted to the Catholic Church that a radically secular and socially liberal mindset pervades their newsrooms,” he added. “This sadly taints BBC news and current affairs coverage of religious issues, particularly matters of Christian beliefs.”

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