Sunday 21 April 2019

Vatican women's magazine's all-female board quits

St Peter’s Square in Rome looking towards the Vatican (Phil Noble/PA)
St Peter’s Square in Rome looking towards the Vatican (Phil Noble/PA)

The founder and the all-female editorial board of the Vatican's women's magazine have quit after what they say was a campaign to discredit them and put them "under the direct control of men" after they denounced the sexual abuse of nuns by clergy.

The editorial committee of Women Church World, a monthly glossy published alongside the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, made the announcement in a planned April 1 editorial and in an open letter to Pope Francis.

In the editorial, which went to the printer last week but has not been published, magazine founder Lucetta Scaraffia wrote: "We are throwing in the towel because we feel surrounded by a climate of distrust and progressive de-legitimisation."

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