Catholic Media Communicating the Abuse Crisis

By: Tereza Zavadilov√°  

The communication of abuse of power including sexual abuse in the Catholic church in its own media changed dramatically. The official Vatican news service (Vatican News) is occupied with the theme practically daily nowadays. The aim of this paper is to map the standpoint of the Secretary for Communication established by Pope Francis as the model of reform of whole Roman Curia. The quantitative content analysis of the newscast will be used as a method for understanding the period 2018-2019. The patterns, genres, insists and other forms will be analyzed and interpreted. There will be also put effort into an understanding of broader and long-lasting communication trends the Church uses in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council and which also enables broad possibilities of employing digital communication technologies.

Abuse Crisis, Pope Francis, Vatican News, Catholic Media, Quantitative Analysis
Religious Community and Socialization
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Tereza Zavadilov√°

Postgradual Student, Department of Media Studies, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Charles University, Czech Republic
Czech Republic