Here’s a roundup of articles highlighting the mess the the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has done:
Pope & the Great Condom Conundrum – Chris Blosser, The Amrcn Cthlc
NCReporter Getting Condom Conundrum Wrong – Fr. Z WDTPRS?
The Continuing Mess at L’Osservatore Romano – Dr. Ed Peters, ItLotL
The Vatican Newspaper Has Betrayed the Pope – Phil Lawler, Cth Cltr
Cthlcs, Journos Want Firings at L’Osservatore Romano – H. White, LSN
In Defense of L’Osservatore Romano – John L. Allen Jr., All Things Cthlc
Are You Kidding Me John Allen? – Tito Edwards, The American Catholic
More on the Condom Conundrum itself:
New Developments on the Pope & Condoms – Jimmy Akin, NCRegister
Jimmy Akin, Pope & Magisterium – Steve Kellmeyer, The Fifth Column
Did the Pope Actually Say We May Use Condoms? – M. Brumley, LOTW
Did Pope “Justify” Condom Use? – Fr. Fessio, Cth Wrld Rep
Pope Benedict Doubles Down on Condoms – Brett Salkeld, Vox Nova
Pope Changes Catholic Faith Completely! – Mark P. Shea, InsideCatholic
Is Ed Peters A Shill? – Steve Kellmeyer, The Fifth Column
Condoms, Catholicism and Casuistry – Ross Douthat, New York Times
A Good Clarification On Pope’s Condom Conundrum – Fr. Z., WDTPRS?
(Hat Tip: ThePulp.it)
John L. Allen Jr., otherwise referred to in most circles as John Allen, is the prolific writer for the dissident Catholic newspaper National Catholic Reporter has come out defending L’Osservatore Romano in the recent Pope Condom Comments controversy.
John Allen laid the blame clearly on orthodox/conservative Catholic bloggers for “jealousy, politics, and dated expectations of how the Vatican paper ought to behave.” referring to critics of L’Osservatore Romano and its editor Gian Maria Vian, of which I am one of those critics.
Mr. Allen, by “dated expectations of how the Vatican paper ought to behave”, do you mean as in defending Church teaching and not embarrassing the pope at all costs?
Are you kidding me?
[Updates at the bottom of this post.]
In what is a common occurrence that happens more than you think, the media again has done a poor job of reporting the news that emanates from the Vatican. If it came from the Vatican at all. The new one today is that the Catholic Church condemns Halloween, or some variation there of.
Various news outlets have reported that the Pope, the Catholic Church, or the Vatican have condemned, blasted, slammed, or as the Times of London said, “reserved their venom for the millions of parents who allowed their children to celebrate this “pagan” festival.”