|Canada||MEDIA BARON CONRAD BLACK LABELS BISHOP 'A JUMPED UP LITTLE TWERP'|
Bishop Frederick Henry of Calgary in Canada has demanded an apology from media baron Conrad Black after the Southam Inc. chairman called the bishop a "jumped-up little twerp", after the bishop defended striking workers rights at one of Black's newspapers.
"He hasn't apologised yet," Henry said on Friday. "I believe an apology would be appropriate. I'd like it if he'd apologise, but I don't expect him to."
Black owns the Southam newspaper chain which includes the Calgary Herald. He made his comments in an opinion piece in that paper after Henry wrote an article in a Catholic publication about a five-month strike at the Herald.
In his article, Henry defended the workers' right to strike and took Black to task for insulting his workers, failing to consider their legitimate demands and adopting an intransigent approach to the dispute. He implied that Black's behaviour falls short of true Christian teaching.
Black responded by saying: "If your jumped-up little twerp of a bishop thinks I'm not a very good Catholic, I think he's a prime candidate for an exorcism."
He also wrote that the bishop has been running "off at his episcopal mouth" and is "a perfect useful idiot" for strike leaders.
Black converted to Catholicism 14 years ago.
Henry said his views on Black were not personal, but directed at Herald management's refusal to get back to the bargaining table with striking editorial employees.