Getting the Message

I have noticed for some time some commentary about the ability of the Vatican communications apparatus to effectively fulfil its mandate of communicating those things that are worthy of being communicated.

Much of that commentary, mostly online from people whose insights and opinions I value and respect, has pointed out how from the outside it seems that those charged with communicating have been reticent to provide the kind of service Catholics at large and journalists trying to report on the Catholic Church are expecting.

Late in 2018, there were a number of significant changes announced by Pope Francis to once again attempt to get his hoped for rejuvenation of ts part of the Vatican’s life ‘happening’ in a way that would allow the message to get out.

Only days ago the latest change in this area – the resignation of the director and deputy director of the Vatican Press Office – has brought additional commentary from those who have been reporting on the Catholic Church, who have been the ‘clients’ of the Vatican Press Office, and those who are now asking questions about why these two individuals have suddenly resigned.

Some of the commentary on the resignations, particularly from American sources, have opined that the resignations were from a frustration experienced by the two individuals with being unable to do what they were employed to do, at being unable to be an ‘American style’ approach to the operation. I have to say I found many of those particular commentaries biased and unhelpful.

It wasn’t until I came across the article below, from Robert Mickens, that I felt I had a much better understanding of what has been happening in the Vatican communication apparatus over the last few years and, in particular, the last few months.