One week ago, in the homily for Palm Sunday, Pope Francis thundered against the false accounts “of those who manipulate reality and create a version to their own advantage and have no problem framing others.” Perfect.
Except that one of these very pieces of “fake news,” and one of the most ruinous, had just erupted in his own household, at the hands of his favorite artificer, Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, the man whom Jorge Mario Bergoglio wanted at the helm of all the Vatican media and did not remove from there even after his astonishing false step, which for the pope evidently was no such thing but a good work, even if was hatched against his meek predecessor named Benedict.
In effect, at first everything seemed to be moving in the established direction, as normally happens with well-constructed “fake news.”
Viganò’s objective, at the impetus of Francis, is to promote and sell the image of the pope. An image that until now has been that of the pastor, but now is meant to be expanded with that of the erudite theologian.