The Pope and Prisoner X
Both Israel’s poor handling of the Prisoner X debacle and the Vatican's mismanagement of the pontiff's resignation show how maintaining a culture of secrecy, whether through gag orders or media silence, is both damaging and counter-productive.
For centuries the Catholic Church has had a love-hate relationship with new forms of communication, both fearing their potentially subversive power but also eagerly adopting them as novel tools to spread Christ's message. Seeking to harness the power of the Internet, in recent years the Vatican has ostensibly embraced new media. It has created a large web presence that includes a YouTube channel, a