The BBC’s report of the result of the first ballot to elect the pope is yet another predictable display of their negativity about the Catholic Church, with the headline, ‘ Rome Conclave: Cardinal fail to elect pope in first vote’. And in order to hammer the point about ‘failure’ home the first sentence of the opening paragraph states, ‘Cardinals of the Catholic Church have failed to elect a new pope on their first day in the Vatican conclave.’
This choice of the repeated word ‘Fail’ is obviously taken from the BBC editorial playbook about coverage of the Catholic Church which clearly has as its first principle, ‘Always use negative words such as ‘fail’, ‘failure’, ‘crisis’, ‘corruption’, ‘scandal’, ‘decline” in reports about the pope and Church to maintain the relentlessly negative narrative about the Catholic Church.
Any BBC report on the Catholic Church always includes these two obligatory paragraphs or variants on them:
‘Pope Benedict’s resignation and the recent damage to the Church’s reputation make the choice of the cardinal-electors especially hard to predict, the BBC’s James Robbins in Rome says.
The 85-year-old Benedict stepped down last month, saying he was no longer strong enough to lead the Church, which is beset by problems ranging from a worldwide scandal over child sex abuse to allegations of corruption at the Vatican Bank.’
Just to be clear, no one with a smidgen of knowledge about the history of Conclave’s expected the first ballot to result in the 2/3rd majority needed to elect the pope. The first ballot is always seen as the first opportunity to judge range of possible candidates.
To call the first vote a ‘failure’ is just more needle from the BBC against Catholics