IT'S A SAD SITUATION WHEN THE VATICAN SPREADS FAKE NEWS AND THE SEUCLAR ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS TO COMBAT IT!
The Vatican News outlet (once called Vatican Radio) has a small story on today's website saying Pope Francis visited Pope Benedict for Easter greetings. I am sure that is part of the story, but what about Paul Harvey's for the rest of the story?????
AP seems to have it:
Pope visits retired pontiff after doctored letter scandal
NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press
The Vatican press office said Francis called on Benedict to bring him Easter greetings.
The meeting, however, came a week after Francis' hand-picked
communications czar, Monsignor Dario Vigano, was forced to resign over
the so-called Lettergate scandal.
Vigano partially revealed the contents of a private letter from
Benedict to make it seem as if he endorsed a new Vatican-published
volume of 11 books about Francis' theology, which Vigano had launched on
the eve of Francis' fifth anniversary as pope.
Vigano then had a photo of the letter doctored to blur out Benedict's
full text, in which he said he hadn't read the books, wouldn't read
them because he didn't have time and objected to one of the 11 authors.
The author, German theologian Peter Huenermann, had launched "virulent"
attacks against his papacy and that of St. John Paul II, Benedict wrote.
The scandal led to accusations the Vatican was spreading "fake news,"
just weeks after Francis dedicated his annual media message to the
fight against "fake news" and the intentional distortion of information.
And it produced the exact opposite of Vigano's desired effect to
establish Francis' theological bonafides, showing that the retired pope —
one of the most respected theologians today — wouldn't endorse the
The Vatican spokesman declined to provide any further details of the
Francis-Benedict meeting, other than to say that the two occasionally
But Vigano's letter of resignation was notable for the absence of any
acknowledgment of wrongdoing, or any apology to Benedict for having
misrepresented the contents of his letter, which had been marked
Francis' letter in accepting
Vigano's resignation was similarly devoid of any criticism, and in fact
he kept Vigano on in the Secretariat for Communications in the new job