From a PR perspective, there may be more than meets the eye to Pope Benedict’s retirement announcement this week — and it may have something to do with the Vatican’s recently appointed “Promoter of Justice,” who has already tipped his hat to American media for its prodding coverage of the church’s sexual-abuse crisis.
While speaking at his first public appearance since being named the church’s new sexual crimes prosecutor earlier this month, Father Robert Oliver, a canon lawyer from the U.S. diocese of Boston, acknowledged that the U.S. media “did a service” to the church through its aggressive reporting on child abuse that helped the church “confront the truth.”
“I think that certainly those who continued to put before us that we need to confront this problem did a service,” Oliver said in response to a question on whether the role of an aggressive American media was, in hindsight, a blessing for the Catholic Church. “They (the media) helped to keep the energy, if you will, to keep the movement going so that we would, honestly and with transparency, and with our strength, confront what is true,” Oliver told a news conference just last week, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
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