“Catholic media that identify and condemn statements and actions not in line with Catholic doctrine are opposing the ‘centrality of compassion’ and hampering evangelization in substance, Pope Francis told the bishops of Central America during his meeting with them at World Youth Days in Panama.
His words triggered an editorial piece by Andrea Tornielli on VaticanNews in which the new editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication doubled down on Francis’ attacks, comparing his words to a ‘photograph of a reality that unfortunately is plain for all to see’ and adding his own criticisms of ‘media that proclaim to be Catholic.’
These are the Pope’s precise words:
I am worried about how the compassion of Christ has lost a central place in the Church, even among Catholic groups, or is being lost – not to be so pessimistic. Even in the Catholic media there is a lack of compassion. There is schism, condemnation, cruelty, exaggerated self-praise, the denouncing of heresy…”