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Far too late

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Feb 04, 2009

 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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