Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Once again, I'm ashamed of Peter Stanford

A reader asks in the comments to my post about a Day of Catholic Mild Irritation:

My apologies, I'm an uninformed American here:

Who's Peter Stanford?

Who indeed. Peter Stanford is, he tells us:

"a writer and broadcaster. He has written for several national newspapers including The Guardian [no surprise there], The Independent and Independent on Sunday. He has presented and produced award-winning radio and television programmes and series, including three adaptations of his own books."

He also writes regularly for a moonbat left-wing rag called The New Statesman. He is essentially the tame Catholic the liberal media drag out when they want to have a go at the Church and when they want to put their own take on the Catholic Church and say "Well, look, here is THIS Catholic writer - he agrees with us". The BBC love him so much that if you search the BBC website you get the following:

Results from All of the BBC
Page 1 of 21 pages for "peter stanford"

That's right 10 entries per page, 21 pages - 210 individual entries for Peter.

I have to be honest I have paid no attention to him since I heard him on BBC Radio in response to a point made by the MP Michael Gove that he should want to convert people to the faith: "I don't want to convert anyone to Catholicism". Hardly steels one for the fight against a violently proselytising religion like Islam, does it?

Today, against the vast bulk of Catholic revulsion, he has written in of all places The Daily Telegraph, this noisome piece: Once again, I'm ashamed to be a Catholic. He makes unsubstantiated claims about the prevalence of abuse by Catholic priests as compared to the general population and makes no comparison with care workers, teachers or consultant child psychiatrists.

The really disingenuous thing about this is the failure to declare an interest. In the light of this shamefully biased programme, is it not peculiar that a Catholic writer should jump to the defence of the BBC? The fact is, Peter Stanford must have made quite a healthy living as a freelance over the past few years from the BBC. Not only has he written articles for their website, appeared on chat shows (Start the Week and the like) and made programmes for the BBC (The Devil A Biography), he's so up the fundament of the BBC he wrote a biography of a former Governor-General of the Corporation.

When I have a paper published I am quite rightly asked to declare any financial interest (such as grant funding). Peter Stanford is happy to declare he is a Catholic (though clearly his loyalty to the Magisterium is questionable) yet shy about declaring the fact that the BBC has been paying the mortgage for some considerable length of time.

Follow the money as someone once said.


Anonymous Bill Casey said...

Er, shouldn't it be "Adoramus te" rather than the subjunctive "adoremus".

6:08 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Yes it should. I'm an ignoramus (or is that ignoremus?)

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah there are a lot of "sought of" Catholics who make a great deal of money of attacks on the Church. Peter Stanford for one then there are people like the ex-nun Karen Armstrong.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Karen Armstrong lost it a long time ago. Try googling "Karen Armstrong" and "Islam" and see the nonsense you get. Religion of peace and all that despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Still, planty of people at the BBC and C4 who want to hear that stuff, I suppose, so it keeps the wolf from the door.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is right, she was nun for 9years 25years ago and has been living on it ever since.

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Stanford is not a reliable Catholic journalist. He has a modernist agenda, is not a faithful proponent of the teachings of the Magisterium, is no doubt very much of the same mind as the majority of the liberal, unfaithful bishops of this country - as such, he is an ideal 'catholic' spokesman for the BBC and Channel 4. Joe.

10:15 PM  

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