Skip to comments.Vatican Spokesman Censures 'Rolling Stone' Article on Pope
Posted on 01/30/2014 11:08:08 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has strongly criticised an article on Pope Francis that appears in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine.
Although he acknowledged that the Holy Fathers appearance on the publications front cover shows a diverse interest in the Pope, the Jesuit spokesman denounced the article's negative portrayal of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVIs pontificate, saying the piece disqualifies itself as serious journalism.
Unfortunately, the article disqualifies itself, falling into the usual mistake of a superficial journalism, which in order to highlight the positive aspects of Pope Francis, thinks it should describe in a negative way the pontificate of Pope Benedict, and does so with a surprising crudeness, Fr. Lombardi said in a statement.
In the piece titled "Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin'", author Mark Binelli calls Benedicts papacy disastrous and goes so far as to attack the former pontiffs appearance and character. He also describes Benedicts acclaimed apostolic exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis as wonky but without explaining further.
What a pity, Fr. Lombardi said. This is not the way to do a good service even to Pope Francis, who knows very well what the Church owes to his predecessor.
Published every two weeks, Rolling Stone was founded in 1967 and focuses on politics and popular culture. Last year its editorial judgement was strongly criticised when it pictured the prime suspect in the Boston bombings on its front cover.
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RS disqualified itself as serious journalism right out of the gate in the ‘60s.
disqualifies itself as serious journalism.
Wonder what they expected from Rolling Stone.
Superficial journalism from The Rolling Stone??? Well you could knock me over with a feather.
So that everyone's on the same page......
Not serious journalism:
Pope Francis is a wonderful man and a great Pope, but he could use a little of John Paul II's humility.
Somehow, Roman graffiti artists are almost never Calvinists. Che peccato.
Wanna see my picture on the cover
(Stone...) Wanna buy five copies for my mother...(Yes)
(Stone...) Wanna see my smilin’ face
On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone..
I expect nothing less from the pot-smoking, maggot-infested, BO smelling, lazy freeloaders at RS.
P.J. O'Rourke used to write for Rolling Stone, but he's with The Atlantic now.
Btw, P.J. has a new book out.
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