(re: Rupert Murdoch / News International / NewsCorp / Corruption of Society) 1st published January 2000 in "Letters From An Alien" on my previous blog "Breaking the Bloody Glass":
Pope John Paul II (beatified & en route to sainthood) is promoted as a man of morals, a moral arbiter whose opinions on ethics we are all encouraged to respect. In addition, a billion Catholics considered him to be God's representative on earth.
The Media Owner Rupert Murdoch made (and still makes) money by promoting racism, sexism, homophobia & the base instincts of the mob.
In 1998, Pope John Paul II & the Vatican awarded Murdoch a Papal Knighthood. The title is awarded to people of "unblemished character". So, according to Pope John Paul II, the Vatican & the current pope Benedict XVI, Rupert Murdoch, still a Knight of St. Gregory, has led a blameless life.
An "unblemished character" suggests a sin free soul. This is a serious, heaven or hell assessment with crucial implications as to how human beings should behave in the eyes of God. A Papal knighthood is not a courtesy title.The Pope is saying that Rupert Murdoch is the man your children should follow. After all, if you wish to please God ... who better to emulate than a man with an "unblemished character".
Perhaps Murdoch's $10 million contribution toward the construction of a Catholic cathedral in Los Angeles suggested to Pope John Paul II that Murdoch had lead a blameless life - or perhaps it is that Murdoch, as Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation and owner of Zondervan Publishing House, is the publisher of the New International Version of the Bible (NIV). Although the NIV copyright is held by the International Bible Society, Zondervan has exclusive publishing rights.
So, though you make your fortune by encouraging and preying upon base human instincts, through your ownership of Fox News & such UK publications as "The Sun" and the disgraced "News of The World" you can still have an "unblemished character".
In light of this assessment by popes & the vatican of what constitutes an “unblemished character” I suggest admirers re-examine some of their other pronouncements on moral issues such as condoms and HIV/AIDS, celibate priests, women priests, child abuse, the family and sexuality in general.
It's easy to call for world peace: entertainers and beauty queens do it all the time, and good luck to them. However, we and the media should expect more than that from a much promoted moral leader & institution with the political power of a billion followers.