The Spectacular Failed Launch of Fiducia Supplicans

It isn’t every day that the top papal lieutenant goes on the record to discuss something about which he’d just said there would be no further clarification, but that’s what just happened in an interview published by The Pillar with the prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.

That’s one of the things that happened, at any rate, in connection with a story that has dominated headlines in both the Catholic and secular mainstream press all week.

Cardinal Víctor Manuel “Tucho” Fernández on Monday issued a declaration, Fiducia supplicans, permitting some sort of blessing for “couples in irregular unions” including same-sex couples who “spontaneously” ask for them.

The declaration made headlines instantly and continued to generate copy all week and into the weekend, both in the secular mainstream press and in Catholic circles.

Much of the secular reportage was passable and some of it was good, but most of the early headlines were hyperventilating and inaccurate, giving some leading Catholic figures occasion to accuse ill-informed secular outlets and agenda-driven Catholic mastheads of ginning up controversy.

Bishops, however, made it impossible to credit the “blame the media” line, when they began to issue their own statements in reaction to the document. Reaction from individual prelates and whole national conferences began coming in short order, and haven’t stopped.

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