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Vatican spokesman criticizes Rolling Stone article, defends Pope Benedict

January 30, 2014

The director of the Holy See Press Office criticized the negative portrayal of Pope Benedict in a recent Rolling Stone cover story on Pope Francis.

“Unfortunately, the article disqualifies itself, falling in the usual mistake of a superficial journalism, which in order to highlight the positive aspects of Pope Francis, thinks it should describe in a negative way the pontificate of Pope Benedict, and does so with a surprising crudeness,” said Father Federico Lombardi, according to a Zenit report.

“What a shame,” Father Lombardi added. “This is not the way to do a good service even to Pope Francis, who knows very well what the Church owes to his predecessor.”


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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jan. 30, 2014 10:40 PM ET USA

    I have been around long enough to remember the elevation of one other relatively young non - Italian Eastern European Pope. Every pronouncement was glommed onto as a liberalization of Church teaching. He was photogenic. He had survived the German and Soviet occupations of his native land. He worked well with socialists what have you. None of this was apparently true of Benedict. I wonder how long the honeymoon will last . . .

  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Jan. 30, 2014 8:05 PM ET USA

    Thanks GOD Fr. Lombardi got something correct!