- Apr 18, 2021
The Vatican communications office on Wednesday corrected the Italian transcript of Pope Francis’s comments about disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Earlier, it had omitted Francis’s claim that he didn’t remember if he had been told in 2013 of McCarrick’s penchant for sleeping with seminarians.
Marking retired Pope Benedict XVI’s 92nd birthday, the editorial director of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication insisted what the retired pope wrote about facing the clerical sexual abuse crisis is essentially what Pope Francis has said, too.
Catholics cannot place blame for the sexual abuse crisis on “those who came before us” in an attempt “to present ourselves as ‘pure,'” said the editorial director of the Vatican media outlets.
An anti-abuse summit convened by Pope Francis is being given Super Bowl treatment by the Vatican, but its success will be judged by its results.
Andrea Tornielli, the Vatican’s new editorial director, says the pope’s summit on clerical sexual abuse is not a meeting of experts or technicians, but of pastors.
The rise of media that call themselves Catholic but seem to exist only to judge others is less about criticizing Pope Francis and more about the misguided notion that to affirm one’s own orthodoxy, one must find someone to label a heretic, said a Vatican communications official.
The aim of Pope Francis’s February meeting on abuse and safeguarding is to clarify and underline what must and must not be done with allegations and make sure no more cases are ever covered up, said Andrea Tornielli, editorial director for the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.
In an editorial piece under his new position as the man in charge of setting the tone for Vatican communications, veteran journalist Andrea Tornielli has called media coverage ahead of a February abuse summit “excessive,” saying the main point of the meeting is getting lost amid the fuss.