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Vatican Spokesman Censures 'Rolling Stone' Article on Pope
National Catholic Register ^ | January 29, 2014 | Edward Pentin

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 Father’s appearance on the publication’s front cover shows a diverse interest in the Pope, the Jesuit spokesman denounced the article's negative portrayal of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 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 Benedict’s papacy “disastrous” and goes so far as to attack the former pontiff’s appearance and character. He also describes Benedict’s 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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benedict; catholic; francis
Just as Pope Benedict had the burden of being hated by ninnies who had no idea what he was talking about, Pope Francis has the (perhaps heavier) burden of being loved for --- all too often --- the same reason.
1 posted on 01/30/2014 11:08:08 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o

RS disqualified itself as serious journalism right out of the gate in the ‘60s.


2 posted on 01/30/2014 11:10:42 AM PST by AU72
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To: Mrs. Don-o

disqualifies itself as serious journalism.

Wonder what they expected from Rolling Stone.


3 posted on 01/30/2014 11:11:37 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Superficial journalism from The Rolling Stone??? Well you could knock me over with a feather.


4 posted on 01/30/2014 11:16:46 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: All
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 Father’s appearance on the publication’s front cover shows a diverse interest in the Pope, the Jesuit spokesman denounced the article's negative portrayal of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s pontificate, saying the piece disqualifies itself as serious journalism.

So that everyone's on the same page......

Not serious journalism:

Serious journalism:

5 posted on 01/30/2014 11:25:21 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Mrs. Don-o
I hate to say it, but Pope Francis invites critical attention toward Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II by the way he communicates. It's obvious that he personally doesn't like Pope Benedict and especially Pope John Paul II, but it really doesn't help matters. You see people trashing John Paul II now all the time.

Pope Francis is a wonderful man and a great Pope, but he could use a little of John Paul II's humility.

6 posted on 01/30/2014 11:40:36 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Alex Murphy

Somehow, Roman graffiti artists are almost never Calvinists. Che peccato.


7 posted on 01/30/2014 11:52:16 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Faith with love is the faith of Christians; without love, it is the faith of demons." - Ven. Bede)
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To: Alex Murphy

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..


8 posted on 01/30/2014 11:53:47 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Alex Murphy
Oops, sorry, my brother. This one will do nicely. Calvin --- and Hobbes, too!


9 posted on 01/30/2014 11:54:43 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Faith with love is the faith of Christians; without love, it is the faith of demons." - Ven. Bede)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I expect nothing less from the pot-smoking, maggot-infested, BO smelling, lazy freeloaders at RS.


10 posted on 01/30/2014 11:58:31 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Everyone who buys concert tickets through Ticketmaster is automatically subscribed to Rolling Stone. That's what keeps their ad revenue up, and that's why they're still in business.

P.J. O'Rourke used to write for Rolling Stone, but he's with The Atlantic now.

11 posted on 01/30/2014 2:33:50 PM PST by Tax-chick (... for the good of all of us, except the ones who are dead ...)
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To: Tax-chick; Anoreth; Mrs. Don-o

Btw, P.J. has a new book out.


12 posted on 01/30/2014 2:43:41 PM PST by Tax-chick (... for the good of all of us, except the ones who are dead ...)
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