The Vatican on Speech and the Press

Prior to Vatican 2, numerous popes condemned freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and religious liberty. Everyone says Vatican 2 changed all that. But consider this case. When a TV program mocked Catholic faith, the Vatican did not write to the producers to express their sorrow or to persuade them they were wrong. Instead, they protested to the nation’s government–as if they expected the national government to do something about speech the Vatican disliked!

2 thoughts on “The Vatican on Speech and the Press

  1. On the face of it it does sound odd, however if it is a national broadcaster (like the BBC) the government may be the appropriate place to lodge a complaint. It may be like saying “I’m telling your mom what you said about me”.

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