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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, July 07, 2021

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at…

Another week, another display of ineptitude by the Vatican’s public-relations team. So what else is new?

On Sunday afternoon, the Vatican press office announced that Pope Francis had been admitted to the Gemelli Clinic that same day for “planned surgery” to relieve diverticular stenosis. Within a few hours, another statement confirmed that the “scheduled surgical operation” had been performed successfully.

If the surgery had been scheduled in advance— as obviously it was— why did the Vatican postpone an announcement until the Pope was already in the hospital?…

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