How Do You Solve a Problem Like The L’Osservatore Romano?

I have long thought that the Vatican newspaper,  L’Osservatore Romano is a disaster and an embarrassment.  Every time they print something that is misleading about the Church, it is brought up by a participant in our RCIA.

What can I say? It is just a newspaper. The paper has absolutely no authority magisterial or otherwise. The Pope is not the editor in chief.

Unfortunately they seem desperate to be the very model of a major modern newspaper.

Over at the blog In light of the Law, cannon lawyer Ed Peters weights in:

“Worse, L’OR chose to highlight what is probably the single most speculative and controversial papal paragraph in over 200 pages of print, and to offer that snippet out of context and without explanation. Unbelievable.

Instantly, of course, the world formed exactly the wrong understanding of that paragraph that anyone could have predicted. Now, instead of being able to present the pope’s interview as a positive and even vigorous affirmation of unified truth, Catholic theologians and spokesmen must respond defensively against secular attacks and distortions, resorting (for the most part) to a level of sophistication that befits a graduate seminar in moral theology, not a reader-friendly presentation of ideas. I mean, great scot, the book is not even published yet, and already the Vatican Press is Office is having to issue hasty corrections and unconvincing clarifications!

And it’s all because of L’OR.


Read the entire blog post, The continuing mess at L’Osservatore Romano.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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2 Responses to How Do You Solve a Problem Like The L’Osservatore Romano?

  1. LeAnn says:

    First of all, I LOVE your tip of the hat to Pirates of Penzanze. My college roommate and other friends performed this Gilbert and Sullivan classis in college. Second, anyone who does not already know that newspapers have an agenda is not worthy of debating theology. It’s like the difference in Le Monde and Pravda. One is 100% socialist. The other is 100% communist. And there is indeed a difference. The Des Moines Register is decidedly Progressive. Thank you for always defending the faith.


  2. Susan Kehoe says:

    I was wondering of anyone would catch the Pirates of Penzanze reference. Thank you for your support!


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