Andrea Tornielli posted this about the recent Vatican mess up with the press. Here are a couple excerpts in my quick translation.
With his characteristic irony and finesse, Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, often called upon to run and fix up errors, misteps and slip-ups imputable to others, while presenting the Pope’s book this morning (I’ll write about that tomorrow), admitted both at the beginning and at the end of the press conference that the preview by L’Osservatore Romano on Saturday – which came out on the day of the consistory and which in effect overshadowed it – “non è stata gestita bene … wasn’t handled well”.
In the course of his presentation during the press conference Archbishop Rino Fisichella said: “To reduce the whole [of the Pope’s book-long] interview to one phrase extrapolated from the totality of the thought of Benedict XVI would be an offence to the intelligence of the Pope and a gratuitous exploitation of his words”.