British paper, The Catholic Herald, lodges complaint with Vatican over refusal of bishops of England and Wales to comment on the recent papal exhortation on the Eucharist. See Amy, who links to column by Damian Thompson.
This was the week that the leadership of the Catholic Church in England and Wales disgraced itself. Pope Benedict XVI issued one of the most significant documents written by a pontiff for many years – and the English bishops’ “communications network” effectively killed the story.
Real anger is building up in the parishes over the bishops’ behaviour, which led to the document – Sacramentum Caritatis – a historic, 60-page statement on the Eucharist and the Liturgy – receiving minimal coverage in most secular newspapers.
The Pope’s pronouncement, an Apostolic Exhortation, was a huge story for my newspaper, The Catholic Herald, which will publish full coverage of the document this weekend.
I can’t tell you how infuriating – and downright weird – it was to discover that our bishops just weren’t interested in talking to us about its contents.
So, yesterday, we took an unusual step. The Catholic Herald lodged a formal complaint with the Vatican’s worldwide head of communications, Archbishop John Foley, Prefect of the Pontifical Commission for Social Communication.