- May 26, 2020
Since the Catholic Church is sui generis, the coronavirus scare is having some unique implications for ecclesiastical life.
Following the abrupt resignation of the head of the Vatican’s women’s magazine in late March, the Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano announced a new coordinator and editorial board that will run the publication from its May edition.
The former editor of the Vatican’s monthly on women has said her decision earlier this month to resign along with the other members of the editorial board signals the loss of autonomy and free thought, which she expects will be replaced by yay-saying in support of the system.
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 Vatican newspaper must demonstrate how the Catholic Church walks alongside people, but it also must keep the distance necessary to proclaim hope when many people are disappointed and to shake people when they get complacent, said the paper’s new director.
August 1 marks the first anniversary of an American, Greg Burke, and a Spaniard, Paloma García Ovejero, taking over as the principal spokespersons for the Holy See. On the positive side of things, they’ve established a constructive and trust-based relationship with reporters covering the Vatican, which is no small feat. On the negative, neither is really taken seriously as a genuine insider.