Spin doctor, heal yourself

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jan 29, 2019

Andrea Tornielli, the new spin doctor for the Vatican’s communications team, has harsh words for some Catholic media outlets. Cindy Wooden of CNS captures the gist of Torniell’s complaint:

The rise of media that call themselves Catholic but seem to exist only to judge others is less about criticizing Pope Francis and more about the misguided notion that to affirm one's own orthodoxy, one must find someone to label a heretic, said a Vatican communications official.

Andrea Tornielli, the new editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication, was commenting on Pope Francis' remarks Jan. 24 to the bishops of Central America about Catholics losing compassion.

Let me see if I have this straight: There are media outlets that are wrong to call themselves Catholic because they criticize others who are wrong to call themselves Catholic?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 29, 2019 6:30 PM ET USA

    Suffering. Suffering. Suffering. The source of which is judged, not souls. So much suffering caused by what? At the top of the list I would cite lack of clarity. When confusion and apparent reversal of instruction on non-negotiable aspects of the faith are not only allowed to stand due to lack of a response, but even worse confirmed by reference to those "who are doing it right," and to all others to "get in line, or else," what results is incredulity, accompanied by intense spiritual suffering.