Founder, editorial board resign from Vatican women’s magazine

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2019 / 06:36 pm (CNA).- The founder and entire editorial board of a women’s magazine published by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano have quit over claims of control and disagreements about the hiring of women with different editorial views.

Founder and editor of “Women Church World,” Lucetta Scaraffia, told the Associated Press March 26 that L’Osservatore Romano hiring women contributors “with an editorial line opposed to ours” was an effort to “delegitimize us.”

She also claimed that the editor of the Vatican newspaper, Andrea Monda, said he was going to take over as editor of the women’s insert, which she saw as an attempt “to put us under (his) control.”

Monda responded to the accusations March 26, stating that since his appointment in December, he has given Scaraffia, and the all-female editorial committee, “the same total autonomy and the same total freedom that have characterized the monthly insert since its inception.”

He rejected the idea that he had tried to “take over as editor,” saying that his contribution had been limited to “suggesting topics and persons to engage,” which could “be freely evaluated by Prof. Scaraffia and the editorial staff.”

Monda also denied a claim that L’Osservatore Romano had selected women to work for the newspaper on the basis of “obedience,” and said that he had, in fact, asked for “truly free discussions” as a sign of the “openness and parresia [Greek word meaning free speech] requested by Pope Francis.”

Scaraffia, an Italian journalist and historian, began the monthly “Women Church World” for L’Osservatore Romano in 2012, at the request of its then editor-in-chief, Giovanni Maria Vian. Though connected with the Vatican newspaper, it has operated with editorial independence.

A self-described feminist, Scaraffia, 70, does not advocate for women’s ordination, but has stated many times her belief that there should be female cardinals, and has publicly declared herself to be “leading a war against the patriarchy of the Church.”

Scaraffia’s magazine most recently stirred controversy over an article last year claiming religious sisters in the Catholic Church are poorly treated and economically exploited, which the Associated Press called an “exposé on the underpaid labor and unappreciated intellect of religious sisters.”

On Tuesday, Monda thanked Scaraffia for her work over the years, which he said she carried out “in complete freedom.” He said the women’s magazine will continue to run, and “without clericalism of any kind.”

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  1. “He [chief editor Andrea Monda L’Osservatore Romano] had in fact asked for ‘truly free discussions’ as a sign of the ‘openness’ requested by Pope Francis”, should read, He [chief editor Andrea Monda of the Vatican version of Soviet Union Pravda known as L’Osservatore Romano] had in fact asked for truly scripted discussions as a sign of the heterodoxy insisted upon by Pope Francis.” Founder of the original woman’s section of L’Osservatore Lucetta Scaraffia was apparently not sufficiently feminist. Although she called for female cardinals [the kind that wear miters] and opposed “clericalism” [the established male kind] she opposed the Vatican’s drive for female deacons [for Pope Francis perhaps the entre for female priests]. Vatican new paradigm heterodoxy must obviously remain strictly orthodox.

  2. I see this as good news and rejoice. Close down the whole wretched and stinking operation of “Women’s Church World” with its modernist and feminist heresies of female cardinals and patriarchy. Scaraffia and Mondo are both, from what I can see here, Judas Catholics who want to feed richly at the pig trough that is now the Vatican. As a Roman would say: “Vi via!” (“Get out!”)

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