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Vatican PR gaffes hamper Pope's teaching: John Allen

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.


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  • 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??