Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican PR gaffes hamper Pope's teaching: John Allen

Catholic World News - April 16, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has shown that he is not sensitive to media criticism. But John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter argues that the mishandling of public-relations issues at the Vatican, in a long sequence of cases from the Regensburg speech to the current sex-abuse scandal, has seriously undermined the Pope's ability to communicate his message. Allen concludes:

That may be the final irony facing this “Pope of Ironies”: His effectiveness as a teacher, at least in the here and now, may depend upon his willingness to stop teaching for a little while and to get his house in order.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($32,725 to go):
$35,000.00 $2,274.95
94% 6%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 17, 2010 4:53 PM ET USA

    Saved by... the only good thing to come from the NCR is John Allen. And whether we like it or not, he has hit the nail squarely on the head with this one. In the entire sex abuse scandal: the abusive priests bought the ammunition; the bishops who didn't respond properly but tried to hide it loaded the gun; and the Vatican aimed it at the heart of the Church. All the Bostom Globe and the NYTimes and the other Catholic haters had to do was pull the trigger. John Allen is on our side in this.

  • Posted by: Saved by Grace - Apr. 17, 2010 7:14 AM ET USA

    ...can anything good come from the NCR??

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Making Moral Progress? July 3
Vatican statement clarifies duties of Catholic faithful after Obergefell decision July 2
Political battles vs. sacrificial service: The Brooks paradox revisited July 2
A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear June 30
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects June 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15