Vatican spokesman denies books mailed to Synod participants were intercepted
February 27, 2015
A Vatican spokesman has denied reports that the Office of the Synod intercepted books that had been mailed to bishops participating in the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops. “I can deny it,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office. He was responding to a report by journalist Edward Pentin that about 100 copies of Remaining in the Truth of Christ, a collection of essays defending Catholic teaching on marriage, had been purloined.
“The copies that arrived by mail were distributed in the mailboxes without impediment,” Father Lombardi told AP. “One person told me he even received two copies!"
Father Joseph Fessio, the publisher of the book’s English-language edition, maintained that the books had not been delivered. “Only a few reached synod fathers at their mailboxes in the Vatican," he told AP.
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