Pope de­nounces slan­der ef­forts

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

VAT­I­CAN CITY — Pope Fran­cis is de­nounc­ing the way some govern­ments seek to dis­credit their crit­ics through “whis­per” cam­paigns, us­ing the me­dia to de­fame any­one who rep­re­sents a threat.

Fran­cis said such slan­der cam­paigns can in­fect re­la­tions in fam­i­lies, parishes and dio­ce­ses, as well as global pol­i­tics.

He said the dam­age done by the “sin of whis­per­ing” is par­tic­u­larly grave in pol­i­tics “when a govern­ment isn’t hon­est and seeks to sling mud at its ad­ver­saries with whis­pers, defama­tion, calumny.”

Fran­cis didn’t sin­gle out any one coun­try, but said dic­ta­to­rial govern­ments are known for tak­ing con­trol of the me­dia to “di­min­ish any­one who rep­re­sents a threat.”

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