Today I was greeted with the excellent new that my old friend Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office and papal spokesman, has resigned. I am delighted for him.
While you could not assemble a better man for the job from a multitude of parts, and Greg Burke truly is a “man of parts”, it pained me to see him in that role, in these years.
There is a story at National Catholic Register HERE and at La Stampa HERE.
Not only did Greg resign, but the deputy, Paloma García Ovejero also resigned. SURPISE! Hence, the Vatican one of the only women in a high profile spot.
An interim director has been appointed: Alessandro Gisotti who has been heading up the dicastery for Social Communications. By the way, just a little while ago, 18 Dec., Andrea “turncoat” Tornielli was appointed to that same dicastery to coordinate the editorial line of all of the Holy See’s media.
This marks me as uninformed, but why is Andrea Tornielli, ‘turncoat’?
This extract from one of Fr Z’s 2015 posts gives some idea:
Veteran Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, a turn-coat, opportunist “journalist” who was more “Benedictine” than Pope Benedict during the latter’s pontificate, but who now is Pope Francis’ loudest Roman cheerleader and now pretends that he never knew Benedict, has recently written a piece praising the “mercy” that drips from the pen of the Bishop of Albano.
Also on the subject of Vatican intrigue, and written by a member of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, I recommend the following. This piece also comes with the esteemed recommendation of the incomparable Father Hunwicke, so don’t just take my word for it. Happy New Year. Enjoy Hercule Poirot’s investigation into the murder of Bergoglio…
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