Bergoglio Out Of Control, Censorship Is Activated

Communication incidents are many. Words misunderstood and misinterpreted, others uttered without imagining the consequences (often diplomatic), or speeches modified on the fly that have gone on to cause havoc. If we analyze these eleven years of pontificate, authentic blizzards arise that have forced Pope Francis to run for cover with his entourage determined to patch things up even if sometimes it turned out to be worse than the hole. Even correcting the quotes in the most controversial passages. The last major planetary incident occurred due to the response given to an Italian bishop during the CEI assembly. Despite the fact that Bergoglio had advised not to say anything to the journalists (who were not present, with the exception of those from the media of the Italian Episcopal Conference), the scandalous phrase about faggotism in the seminaries continued to emerge from the sacred walls (as it was expected).

Tired of having to face continuous communication emergencies that damage his image and hinder his government action, Pope Francis has decided to tighten the tap even further with the press accredited to the Vatican. Thus, to the already long series of restrictions in force (unthinkable in the times of Wojtyla and Ratzinger) he has added others. Effective immediately, many of the audio recordings of the group hearings in the Apostolic Palace, which could previously be heard live in the Press Room, will no longer be available, as will the texts of the prepared speeches. They have always been disseminated with an embargo request pending their reading to facilitate the work of the press. Only the catechesis related to the Wednesday general audience and the Angelus prayer will remain unchanged and distributed. The texts that, on the other hand, will be distributed to journalists will be only those pronounced by the Pope, to guarantee the Vatican a certain vigilance over the pontiff’s improvised phrases.

In short, more off-mic. A change of course motivated by the Pope’s need not to inadvertently add more gasoline to the fire.

These preventive measures are in addition to other barriers that Bergoglio has raised over time. For example, the prohibition on organizing gatherings with the international press during visits by heads of state, or even interview questions on the plane during international trips, which for some years have always been de facto caged to limit the uncomfortable questions. Questions are only allowed if they are directly related to the country visited and its history. Journalists, in this phase of the pontificate marked by great internal lacerations in the Church, remain at an appropriate distance. Francisco prefers to choose his interlocutors for scheduled interviews.

Lately, the passage of an interview given to the CBS in which he denies the diaconate to women has created a wave of protests within the Church, despite the promises made on several occasions, especially to the German Church, which Press hard at this point. Another problem was created by her private conversation with relatives of Palestinians from Gaza, whom he received shortly after October 7. The Pope would have spoken to them about genocide by the Israelis, as the Palestinians told journalists. But at the same time other inconsistencies arose due to the words confided to the relatives of the Israeli victims, defining the Hamas militiamen as terrorists.

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