As the text messages from across the pond started to come in this morning, I did as I more and more often now do. With a groan I put on my cheaters and grump, “What fresh hell is this?”
Today I received an article from Avvenire (daily organ of the Italian Bishops Conference) saying that there is a new guy, Andrea Monda, running L’Osservatore Romano and that Andrea Tornielli is nominated to the editorial section of the Dicastery for Communication. One of the presenters of Monda’s recent book was the Jesuit, Antonio “2=2=5” Spadaro. Monda also worked for Avvenire.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with these entities, here are some parallels. Just as Isvestia was the paper of record of the Supreme Soviet, L’Osservatore Romano is the paper of the Holy See. That would make Avvenire like to Pravda, the official paper of the Party. The Dicastery for Communication might be something like the General Directorate for the Protection of State Secrets in the Press, with various departments under it, such as Goskomizdat (censored printed matter: fiction, poetry, etc.), Goskino (films) and Gosteleradio (radio and TV). These parallels limp a bit, and I don’t necessary intend to give Isvestia and Pravda a bad name.
Now we have the likes of Tornielli in Rome and Jesuit Martin appointed as a consultor to the Dicastery.