Ah, the Vatican Press office. How is it that the Church that spread the faith around the world, built great Cathedrals, and St. Peter’s cannot get a competent press office.
Over the years, we have chronicled the missteps of the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.
The latest blunder is an internet rookie mistake. Don’t cut and paste without attribution and definitely don’t do it from Wikipedia.
The Vatican’s bold foray into the wilderness of the Internet hit a snag late last week when, in a rush to provide journalists with information on the 22 newly elected cardinals, the Holy See sent out bios lifted directly from Wikipedia’s Italian site, without attribution.
The giveaway? Many of the newly promoted archbishops were described as “Catholic.”
As the Guardian reports, some cardinal-elects were also depicted in tones decidedly not in line with the voice of the Holy See. For example, the archbishop of Utrecht Willem Jacobus Eijk’s bio said he has a “strong tendency to conservatism, specially regarding abortion and homosexuality, which has made him one of the most talked about religious men in the country.”
Duh. Once again I make the offer, Matt and I will to move to Rome and take over the press office. Trust me, there would be no cutting and pasting and a lot more interesting. Benny, call me. You have my digits.