Far too late
On January 26, the Holy Father lifted the excommunications of four traditionalist bishops. On February 4, the Vatican issued an explanatory statement. A few simple observations:
- You don't have to be a public-relations genius to realize that the explanation should have come alongside the announcement-- not nearly two weeks later.
- There is absolutely no reason why the same statement could not have been released on January 26. This tardy release is a classic display of PR bungling.
- The February 4 statement indicates that the Pope was unaware of Bishop Williamson's outrageous views on the Holocaust. That shows more bad staff work; the bishop's views were well known to those who had followed SSPX affairs carefully.
- The international controversy, the angry denunciations of the Pope, the embarrassment of the Church-- all of it could have been prevented by minimally competent staff work.
- Heads should roll.
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