I’m Not Going to Cover the “Leaked” Encyclical. I’ll Wait for the Official Version

I’m Not Going to Cover the “Leaked” Encyclical. I’ll Wait for the Official Version June 16, 2015
Don't be fooled by a copy. Wait for the real thing. Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Catholic United Financial https://www.flickr.com/photos/catholicaid/
Don’t be fooled by a copy. Wait for the real thing. Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Catholic United Financial https://www.flickr.com/photos/catholicaid/

This just a note to readers.

Somebody in the Vatican “leaked” a copy of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the climate a few days early. First, of all, shame on them. Second, I’m not going to bother to read or write about this bootlegged version of the encyclical.

Here are my reasons:

1. It’s a bootlegged version. Somebody got their grubby little hands on a copy of something, which might be a rough draft or might be something else. No one knows. All we know for certain is that somebody took something that wasn’t theirs and fed it into the maws of the internet. I don’t know their motives, and I don’t care. This leaked document could be anything.

2. My time is valuable. And so is yours. I’ll read the real encyclical when it comes out and write about it at length. It will take me a while, because I write opinions, and opinions — at least mine — don’t form instantaneously. I need to think things through. What I won’t do is waste my time read a who-knows-what-it-is bootlegged version.

3. I don’t really like playing fool for whoever did this. There are times when leaked documents are a public service. Government documents which are being withheld to keep the people from knowing the truth are an example. However, this encyclical is going to be officially released in full in a matter of hours. There are no good reasons for leaking this document and I can’t think of any good reasons to bother with this faux version. The real thing is right around the corner.

I guess that’s enough said. I’ll wait and see what the encyclical says when I read what I know is the actual encyclical.

In the mean time, stay cool, folks. And don’t play fool for whoever did this.


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One response to “I’m Not Going to Cover the “Leaked” Encyclical. I’ll Wait for the Official Version”

  1. The one who did this claims his editor published it while he simply wrote the opening piece. Not at all surprised by who is involved. Read today, the Holy See suspended his press credentials therefore denying him access to the Vatican press room.

    There are always consequences to shady dealings and unprofessional ethics/behavior. If one gets “away with it” in this life…do not bank on that in the next.