A Fox News Channel correspondent has left the network, where he has worked since 2001, to join the Vatican’s communications staff, reports TVNewser.com.
Greg Burke will be a senior adviser there, the story notes. Burke recently obtained dual U.S.-Italian citizenship.
According to the Associated Press, Burke had turned down the Vatican twice before, but decided on the third offer to accept. "This is an opportunity and challenge that I’m not going to get again," Burke said.
The Vatican has dealt with several communications blunders in recent years, the AP notes.
Pope Benedict XVI’s "now-infamous speech about Muslims and violence, his 2009 decision to rehabilitate a schismatic bishop who denied the Holocaust, and the Vatican’s response to the 2010 explosion of the sex abuse scandal are just a few of the blunders that have tarnished Benedict’s papacy," the AP story points out.
Burke, a member of Opus Dei, said he didn’t know what role his membership in the conservative organization played, the story notes. He added he was in the group when he was hired by Fox in 2001 and by Time, where he served as the magazine’s correspondent in Rome.