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Heaven forbid anyone try to influence the selection of the next pope

by Greg Krehbiel on 24 February 2013

I don’t know — my spies in the Vatican have gone strangely silent recently — but I strongly doubt that Pope Benedict decided to resign the papacy because of a damning report on gay priests.

However, I am confused by the alleged Vatican reaction.

“It is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave — that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories that cause serious damage to persons and institutions.”

Well … I don’t know what the conclave has to do with that. Spreading phony stories is always wrong.

Another part of the story is that the Vatican is upset the media might be trying to influence who is chosen as the next pope.

Uh … so?

If it’s true that the Vatican hasn’t been working hard enough to deal with sexual abuse, then why shouldn’t people try to push the conclave towards choosing someone who will deal with it? I really don’t get that.

On the other hand, whenever the media reports on religious topics, they are more than likely to be wrong, so you have to take all this with a lot of skepticism.

-- 2013-02-24  »  Greg Krehbiel


  1. John Krehbiel John Krehbiel
    25 February 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    If the media are able to influence the choice at all, that says more about the conclave than the media, IMHO.