Cafod declines offer of royalties from Damian McBride book

Chris Bain, director of the Catholic aid charity, says it will not accept any proceeds from the memoir of McBride, who is communications director of the charity

Damian McBride
Damian McBride

The Catholic aid charity Cafod will not accept any proceeds from the memoir written by its communications director, Damian McBride, after considering feedback it received from the Catholic community.  

The memoir, Power Trip, which was published last week, includes accounts of the smear tactics used by McBride during his time as a special adviser to the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

In a statement to the Catholic Herald newspaper, Chris Bain, director of Cafod, 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."

A spokeswoman for Cafod told Third Sector that the charity had nothing to add to the statement, which she said was being made available only to the Catholic Herald.

McBride, who has been at Cafod since April 2011, said in a separate statement to the Herald: "As I wrote in the Catholic Herald last year, Cafod sees itself as nothing more than the sum of its supporters, its core purpose the living expression of their faith.

"Given the concerns raised by a number of those supporters about proceeds from my book being used to support the agency’s work, it is totally understandable that Cafod has rejected my proposed donation, and I can only apologise for the critical and unfair associations made between the book and Cafod’s work over the last fortnight."

He said he would donate all the royalties from the sales of the book to other good causes. 

"The fact that Cafod is both inspired and led by its supporters is one of the reasons I am so proud to work for the agency, and I will continue to do so to the best of my abilities in the years to come."

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