Yesterday I received a copy in Italian of the encyclical that has not yet been officially released, Laudato si’. It turns out that that copy was put on the interwebs by Sandro Magister, vaticanista. HERE
The Holy See’s spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, asked journalists to respect the “embargo”. I note that there was no indication of an embargo on the copy that I saw. That said, having spent a lot of time around the Holy See Press Office, it seems to me a solid and understood expectation not to jump out too far in advance of official releases. We just didn’t/don’t do that. Still, there wasn’t a clear indication of embargo that I could see. Perhaps it was included in some accompanying letter sent to Magister’s editor at L’Espresso.
Meanwhile, according to TIME (which I am not sure should be trusted with the time of day when it comes to what goes on in the Vatican), a Vatican official told Bloomberg News that the leak was a “heinous act.”
“Heinous”? Like what ISIS does to children and women?
Also, the Holy See is saying that what was leaked is still just a draft. We’ll see. I doubt it.
I wrote a bit more about the encyclical yesterday. HERE
So, Fr. Lombardi has suspended Magister’s press credential for the Press Office.
Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un journaliste pour encourager les autres.