Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch recently made a $10 million contribution
toward the construction of a new Catholic cathedral in Los Angeles.
Murdoch has wide holdings in the movie, TV and publishing industries
including Fox Television, 20th Century Fox Films, London Times and
New York Post newspapers, Harper Collins and Zondervan publishing companies.
But the fact that his TV stations and movie productions are some
of the sleaziest, did not stop Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony
from anointing him and his wife as members of the Pontifical Order
of St. Gregory the Great in January, 1998. This knighthood, bestowed
on behalf of the pope, is given to persons of "unblemished character" who
have "promoted the interests of society, the [Catholic] Church and the
Holy See [Vatican]."
Besides this strange connection, there is an even stranger one.
Murdoch is Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation which lists as
one of its holdings, Zondervan Publishing House, the designated 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.
Is it just a coincidence that the distribution of the most popular
of the modern Bible versions, based on the corrupted Roman Catholic
texts, is controlled by a man who contributes heavily to Catholic
causes and holds a papal knighthood?
It is also curious that since Murdoch was knighted for his
"unblemished character" that he abandoned his wife of 31 years
and married one of his "dynamic, tall and gorgeous" female employees who
is half his age. When Cardinal Mahony's office was asked if the
knighthood honor would be revoked, a spokesman replied, "As far as I
know, once you've got it, you've got it for good."
It appears that as long
as someone continues to "promote the interests of society, the Church and
the Holy See" character blemishes can be conveniently overlooked.
Especially if it includes donations in the $10 million range
and distribution of the major Bible "perversion" based on Roman