Monday, March 12, 2007

What is the pope going to say about the Eucharist?

Many people are eagerly awaiting the holy father's apostolic exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, due to be released publicly, from Rome, tomorrow. Sometime around 7 am, EDT.

I have found it very puzzling that nothing much has come out about this document in the past few days. Assuming the holy father wants it embargoed (why? leaking out exerpts and details is one way to heighten interest and generate lots of media attention), I find it hard to believe he could entirely succeed in that desire -- when the document has to be translated into several languages, including English, and printed up in large quantities, not to mention distributed worldwide -- it seems to me far too many people have to have access to it for the contents to be kept secret.

The U.S. bishops' site is already taking orders for it: the document will be 100+ pages long, it says, and sell for $6.95, if memory serves.

There are lots of rumors about what it will say, but none of them come from close to the source.

Some bloggers at another site said, oh the secular media isn't interested. Could be; but the secular media likes controversy, especially in the Catholic Church. What's more, there are Catholic media that would be interested. Nobody is reporting anything. Hmm.


Anonymous said...

I had also wondered why there weren't leaks & speculations re this most important document. It's going to be interesting to see what it says. I'm anxious to find out!

Eager Annie

Tom said...

I just figured it was a case of "those who really know aren't talking, and those who are talking don't really know"...

BUT... I never considered the logistics involve in publishing such a document. Now that you mention it, Father, that is quite odd. Perhaps the Holy Father will just email PDF's and Powerpoint presentations to all of the bishops????

(just kidding)

Puff the Magic Dragon said...

According to the Vatican Website, the document is under embargo. Whatever the reason, the exhortation is available in several languages at the vatican press office as of tomorrow 9:00a.m. but credentialled reporters may not publish anything until after the press conference to be held at 11:30a.m.
That is they will be free to publish at about 12 noon. (Rome time?)

from the Vatican website:

I posted a translation of the communique in voxcantor's commbox here:

As said, whatever the reason it cannot be reported upon until it is presented.