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VATICAN CITY (RNS) After more than seven years as pope, Benedict XVI is still known as much for the public relations nightmares that have occurred on his watch as for the battle against secularism and relativism that he wants to wage. Now the pontiff has a Twitter feed and the Vatican has a plan to overhaul its antiquated communications apparatus. By David Gibson.

3 Comments

  1. David murphy

    You need to take a break from your media bubble. There are not many practicing Catholics who think Benedict has made many “gaffes”. The theological bases of what the faith is about have only been strengthened under bxvi. Your obsession with what the politically correct class thinks is out of touch with the reality of catholicism.

  2. David Gibson

    David Murphy: I’m not sure it’s the media bubble in this case. Pope Benedict himself has conceded various missteps, as have senior Vatican officials. They are the ones who are doing this communications reform. And I daresay the pope and his advisers are practicing Catholics — though you may disagree. Many do. This really isn’t about theology or the contents of the faith but the presentation of the faith and also the Holy See’s activities as a sovereign state acting in the world. I personally don’t see anything wrong with them trying to get a bettering “messaging” system in place. Do you?