He is the Communications
Director of Opus Dei in Britain. He
is also Coordinator for Catholic
Voices, a group of Catholics...
For an introductory video, presented during the presentation, see:
Seeking to raise the voice of the Catholic
Church in the public square, especially in
the media and in public debates
I appeal in particular to you, the lay faithful, in accordance with your
baptismal calling and mission, not only to be exa...
To train Catholics in the art of speaking about their
faith in media interviews and public debates.
 Authoritative but no...
Where did idea come from?
 Intelligence Square
Debate
 Announcement of
Pope’s Visit
 Da Vinci Code
Response Group
(2006)
Coordinators
 Austen Ivereigh
 Jack Valero
 Kathleen Griffin
Steps
 With blessing of Bishops’
Conference but
independent from it
 Approach potential patrons
and supporters
 Fundrai...
Choosing the speakers
 90 applications in 2 weeks
 45 interviews
 10 minutes each: personality, ability, catholicity
 ...
The Team
 Students
 Mothers
 Barristers and solicitors
 Psychiatrist
 Pharmacist
 Lobbyist
 Management Consultant
...
Training Programme
 Briefing sessions every two weeks
 Media Skills Training
 TV/Radio studios training
 3-day retreat
Neuralgic Issues
 Equality Legislation and Freedom of Conscience
 The Church and Politics
 Clerical Sexual Abuse
 Popu...
Briefing Sessions
1. Briefing paper
2. “Grilling” of
Experts
3. Reframing
4. Practical
Exercises
5. Post-briefing
paper
Reframing
 What is the case against the Church?
 What is the positive intention?
 How do you connect to the positive in...
Media Launch
 Introduced our
speakers to media
outlets
 Media launch on 2
September
 Able to place CVs in
BBC, ITV, Sky...
Potential errors in Church
Communications
 Scepticism or hostility:
defensiveness
 “Us and them”
mentality: anger
 Naiv...
We love the media
 Positive about the media
– believe in
accountability of Church
 Anti-Catholic?
 Appreciate the
const...
• TV and radio appearances
• Team details
• Supporters
• Q&A
Papal Visit
 More than 100 radio
and TV interviews in
September 2010
 70 of them in 4 days of
visit
 Taken part in deba...
In the media
 “One of the big innovations of this
Papal tour” – Reuters
 “A well-articulated, mildly
conservative opinio...
“These people are real apologists for some of the worst excesses
of the Catholic Church. Some of them are very skilled at
...
Support
 Many emails of support received
 Bishops
 Members of the team feel privileged to have
been able to serve the C...
Elements of success
 We believe in the
media
 We understand news
 Light not heat
 Witnessing, not
winning
 Authoritat...
Continuing the project
 The CV Speakers bureau
 Book
 Website
 Blog
Catholic Voices Academy
 A network of committed Catholics
 Pope’s call in Westminster Hall for Catholics to take up
pres...
Members of Academy
 CV speakers
 Experts
 Catholics in the
media
 Public Affairs
professionals
 Benefactors
Activities of the Academy
 Regular closed-door briefings
 Public lectures or debates
 Occasional dialogues with Church ...
Long term
 Promoting the vocation of the Catholic Communicator
 Nurturing Catholic public intellectuals
 Reviving the a...
'I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in
speech, not disputatious, but men [and women]
who know their religion, who ente...
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On Monday, November 22, 2010, Jack Valero gave a presentation about Catholic Voices: putting the case for the Church in an era of 24-hour news. All interested are invited.
Jack valero is coordinator of Catholic Voices and has been press officer during the Papal Visit in September 2010.

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  1. 1. He is the Communications Director of Opus Dei in Britain. He is also Coordinator for Catholic Voices, a group of Catholics trained to speak to the media about Catholic issues and news stories, and Press Officer for the Beatification of Cardinal Newman in September 2010. The presentation was given on November 22, 2010 at Centrum de Oude Gracht Keizersgracht 218 B 1016 DZ Amsterdam for more information mail to Jack Valero
  2. 2. For an introductory video, presented during the presentation, see:
  3. 3. Seeking to raise the voice of the Catholic Church in the public square, especially in the media and in public debates
  4. 4. I appeal in particular to you, the lay faithful, in accordance with your baptismal calling and mission, not only to be examples of faith in public, but also to put the case for the promotion of faith’s wisdom and vision in the public forum. Society today needs clear voices … Benedict XVI, 16 September 2010, Bellahouston Park
  5. 5. To train Catholics in the art of speaking about their faith in media interviews and public debates.  Authoritative but not official  Theologically and ethically well versed  Trained in media skills What’stheidea?
  6. 6. Where did idea come from?  Intelligence Square Debate  Announcement of Pope’s Visit  Da Vinci Code Response Group (2006)
  7. 7. Coordinators  Austen Ivereigh  Jack Valero  Kathleen Griffin
  8. 8. Steps  With blessing of Bishops’ Conference but independent from it  Approach potential patrons and supporters  Fundraising  Launch February 2010: Press Release  Guardian, Zenit, Catholic Herald, The Tablet
  9. 9. Choosing the speakers  90 applications in 2 weeks  45 interviews  10 minutes each: personality, ability, catholicity  4 interviewers: 3 coordinators plus journalist  25 people selected  21 finished training
  10. 10. The Team  Students  Mothers  Barristers and solicitors  Psychiatrist  Pharmacist  Lobbyist  Management Consultant  Tax Advisor  Former Anglican Vicar
  11. 11. Training Programme  Briefing sessions every two weeks  Media Skills Training  TV/Radio studios training  3-day retreat
  12. 12. Neuralgic Issues  Equality Legislation and Freedom of Conscience  The Church and Politics  Clerical Sexual Abuse  Population, Development, AIDS  The purpose of human sexuality  The Church and Science  Assisted Dying  Embryo Research  Anglicans  Holiness and canonisation
  13. 13. Briefing Sessions 1. Briefing paper 2. “Grilling” of Experts 3. Reframing 4. Practical Exercises 5. Post-briefing paper
  14. 14. Reframing  What is the case against the Church?  What is the positive intention?  How do you connect to the positive intention and answer the case against the Church? ie What is missing in the case against the Church?
  15. 15. Media Launch  Introduced our speakers to media outlets  Media launch on 2 September  Able to place CVs in BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4 and others
  16. 16. Potential errors in Church Communications  Scepticism or hostility: defensiveness  “Us and them” mentality: anger  Naiveté: the media as a place to be evangelised
  17. 17. We love the media  Positive about the media – believe in accountability of Church  Anti-Catholic?  Appreciate the constraints  Admire its principles and purposes
  18. 18. • TV and radio appearances • Team details • Supporters • Q&A
  19. 19. Papal Visit  More than 100 radio and TV interviews in September 2010  70 of them in 4 days of visit  Taken part in debates  Written articles in media
  20. 20. In the media  “One of the big innovations of this Papal tour” – Reuters  “A well-articulated, mildly conservative opinion on almost all central issues under discussion during the Papal trip” – Robert Pigott, BBC  “One of the most creative recent efforts” by the Church to improve its communications – John Allen  “Personable, well-informed, competent, agreeable in manner, persuasive…” – William Oddie
  21. 21. “These people are real apologists for some of the worst excesses of the Catholic Church. Some of them are very skilled at presenting Vatican dogma as though it were benign rather than lethal. Sometimes it seems that they are prepared to sacrifice their own thinking in order to propagandise for the Pope. When you hear them distorting facts and sometimes lying outright, you wonder what motivates them to want to defend such anti-human teachings.” Terry Sanderson President, National Secular Society
  22. 22. Support  Many emails of support received  Bishops  Members of the team feel privileged to have been able to serve the Church in this way
  23. 23. Elements of success  We believe in the media  We understand news  Light not heat  Witnessing, not winning  Authoritative but not official
  24. 24. Continuing the project  The CV Speakers bureau  Book  Website  Blog
  25. 25. Catholic Voices Academy  A network of committed Catholics  Pope’s call in Westminster Hall for Catholics to take up presence in public square  Seek dialogue between faith and reason  Develop existing network of speakers and train new ones  Provide ongoing formation
  26. 26. Members of Academy  CV speakers  Experts  Catholics in the media  Public Affairs professionals  Benefactors
  27. 27. Activities of the Academy  Regular closed-door briefings  Public lectures or debates  Occasional dialogues with Church opponents  Further training courses in Britain  Bespoke workshops and briefings  Helping similar groups abroad
  28. 28. Long term  Promoting the vocation of the Catholic Communicator  Nurturing Catholic public intellectuals  Reviving the art of apologetics in an era of 24-hour news
  29. 29. 'I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men [and women] who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it. I want an intelligent, well-instructed laity - I wish...to enlarge [their] knowledge, to cultivate [their] reason, to get an insight into the relation of truth to truth, to learn to view things as they are, to understand how faith and reason stand to each other, what are the bases and principles of Catholicism...' John Henry Newman

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