The female editors of the Vatican’s women’s magazine have had enough

The founder of the women-led monthly supplement Women Church World, Lucetta Scaraffia, has accused Vatican newspaper editor Andrea Monda of attempting to undermine the magazine after it published reports about sexual abuse in the church.

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Why this story matters:

Women Church World is a female-led magazine released monthly as a supplement to the Vatican daily newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. The magazine was considered a groundbreaking initiative, as it featured an 11-women staff that operated outside the traditionally patriarchal structure of the church.

Scaraffia alleges that after the magazine published reports of exploitation and sexual abuse from nuns who had written to them, Monda tried to seize control of the magazine’s editorial policy and bring in outside collaborators.

Now, citing pressure from Andrea Monda, all 11 women on the magazine's board have resigned.

Scaraffia stated, “it seems a vital initiative has been reduced to silence, and we return to the antiquated…custom of selecting, under direct male control, those women considered trustworthy.” 

Monda has denied these claims and promised to continue publishing Women Church World. But according to Scaraffia “they are returning to the practice of selecting women who ensure obedience.” 

The move by the women to resign along with the church's inability to support this initiative -- and these women -- are a blow to Pope Francis's freedom of speech campaign and his stated intent to give women greater decision-making authority in the Vatican. 

Details from the story:

  • Women Church World was launched in 2012 and is published every month in the Vatican daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. 
  • The magazine is published in English, Spanish, and French. 
  • Ms. Scaraffia’s grievances were made public in an open letter to Pope Francis.
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