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Updated: December 11, 2010 09:14 IST

Technophobia hampers Vatican: WikiLeaks

Robert Booth
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Newly elected cardinals attend as Pope Benedict XVI, not seen, delivers his speech at the Vatican. File photo
AP Newly elected cardinals attend as Pope Benedict XVI, not seen, delivers his speech at the Vatican. File photo

The Vatican is suffering from “muddled messaging” partly as a result of cardinals’ technophobia and “ignorance about 21{+s}{+t}-century communications,” reported the deputy chief of America’s mission to the Holy See.

The pontiff’s inner circle has only one Blackberry between them, used by a papal spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi and few have email accounts, according to Julieta Valls Noyes in a cable in January 2009 on why the Vatican is failing to deliver Pope Benedict’s message.

“Most of the top ranks of the Vatican, all men, generally in their seventies, do not understand modern media and new information technologies,” Ms. Noyes said.

Instead, they tend towards old-fashioned communications written in “coded” language which are so hard to decipher that when the Vatican sent the Israeli ambassador a statement that was supposed to contain a positive message for his country, it was so veiled he missed it, even when told it was there. The problems mean the pontiff’s “moral megaphone” is operating at reduced volume, said Ms. Noyes.

The pope’s 2006 speech in Regensburg, in south Germany, was widely decried as insulting to Muslims, though he later explained he had no such intent, and in 2009 he decided to reinstate communion with schismatic Lefebvrist bishops who included a Holocaust denier, about which Lombardi knew nothing until it had happened.

Copyright: Guardian News & Media 2010

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