Vatican Strikes Back at Rolling Stone

[ From Zenit website and with a hat tip to John Vennari ]

Vatican Spokesman Calls Rolling Stone Article ‘Superficial Journalism’

Denounces ‘Shameful’ Portrayal of Pope Benedict’s Pontificate

Vatican City, January 29, 2014 (Zenit.org) Junno Arocho Esteves | 41 hits

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, had strong words regarding a recent article on Pope Francis that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. The Holy Father made the cover of the magazine yesterday.

While acknowledging that the Holy Father’s appearance on the front cover shows the interest in different environments, Fr. Lombardi denounced the negative portrayal of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s pontificate, saying the article disqualifies itself as serious journalism.

“Unfortunately, the article disqualifies itself, falling in the usual mistake of a superficial journalism, which in order to highlight the positive aspects of Pope Francis, thinks it should describe in a negative way the pontificate of Pope Benedict, and does so with a surprising crudeness,” Fr. Lombardi said in a statement.

The article, written by Mark Binelli, criticized Benedict’s papacy calling it “disastrous”, even going so far as to criticize the Pope Emeritus’ physical appearance.

“What a shame,” Fr. Lombardi stated. “This is not the way to do a good service even to Pope Francis, who knows very well what the Church owes to his predecessor.” (J.A.E.)

(January 29, 2014) © Innovative Media Inc.

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One comment on “Vatican Strikes Back at Rolling Stone

  1. The Councilites’ need to be open to the modern world is what leads anyone and everyone to feel that they have the right and the knowledge to comment on Catholic matters. I retrospect, I can’t believe that Roncalli was unaware of the identity of the “Prince of This World,” when he threw open the windows of the Church to the “Spirit” of the world. Now, they are reaping what they have sewn. Bergoglio and Wytijwa were accepted by the world because they are (were) a part of it. Ratzinger was seen as an intolerant Nazi by secular humanists. Nobody turns to Rolling Stone for spiritual guidance, I hope. The magazine is only capable of working the cult of celebrity. They should stick to Bieber and Beyonce.

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