Cafod reject McBride money, keep McBride...
Blogged by James Preece on 3rd October 2013
Muddle me this one...
Catholic charity Cafod has decided not to accept money from the proceeds of a new book by communications director Damian McBride.
McBride’s book, Power Trip, was published last week and outlined some of the tactics he employed against opponents of former chancellor Gordon Brown, including smearing opponents.
In a statement, Cafod director Chris Bain said: “After careful reflection, the Trustees and senior management of Cafod have decided to decline the royalties from the book written by Damian McBride about his time working in politics.
“We have appreciated the feedback offered by members of the Catholic community and wish to express once again our gratitude for all the generous support given to Cafod’s work.”
I think the logic here is that McBride is only able to sell his book because of past misdeed, therefore if Cafod accept the royalties from the book, they are benefiting from past misdeeds. It would be wrong to benefit from wrongdoing, therefore they are not accepting the royalties. Good for them.
Except... I'm not sure that's actually problem. Scripture is full of examples of corrupt tax collectors giving the money they made to the poor. Were the poor supposed to say "no good mate, you embezzled that, not interested".
No, the problem here is that Cafod have taken a step beyond eating with tax collectors and sinners (which we should do) and in to the realm of putting the fox in charge of the chickens (which we should not).
As I said before - yes, the Church is all about forgiveness - but forgiveness doesn't mean you put a paedophile back in to a school chaplaincy just because he says he is sorry. You don't put a repentant alcoholic in charge of a brewery and you don't put the most infamous example of a "dirty tricks" "discraced spin-doctor" in charge of PR at CAFOD.
What are they thinking?