- Jun 14, 2021
The composition of the communications team for the meeting gives one reason to hope.
Rumors of late, circulated by mostly conservative blogs, have suggested that Pope Francis and Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia have created a secret commission to reevaluate the teaching of ‘Humanae Vitae,’ Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical on birth control. As it turns out, establishing the truth of the matter is even easier than generating the conspiracy theory in the first place.
As an Argentinian, the American concept of the ‘culture wars’ often seems opaque and odd. If one were to take Pope Francis’s concept of the Church as a river seriously, it would seem that there should be room for islands on both the left and the right.
Why do tragedies in America and Europe get coverage, but even bigger tragedies other places aren’t even mentioned? The people of Africa and other non-western countries want the international media to cover their news, both good and bad. If consumers gave strong signs of interest and clamor for these stories, producers would provide them.
Pope Francis has been the victim of multiple fake news cycles, including a recent report that he was changing the Ten Commandments. While journalists have some responsibility, so do news consumers who share items without asking if they’re even borderline plausible.
On the UN-sponsored International Women’s Day, a round-up of opinion about working in or around the Vatican suggests it’s a mixed bag for women. Yes, there are multiple challenges, but there are also advantages, including a great maternity plan for working women with children.
Here’s a thought: Given the tendency on Twitter and other social media platforms to start tossing bombs in reaction to articles before people have read anything beyond the headline, how about a Lenten discipline of refusing to tweet until you’ve read the entire text and paused 30 seconds?