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Ep. 45 – The Benedict Letter | Vatican Legal Threat vs. Infovaticana

Guests: Hilary White, Catholic journalist and blogger; Michael Hichborn, President of The Lepanto Institute; Gabriel Ariza, Founding Editor of

Description: The letter from Pope Benedict praising Pope Francis was written in response to a request that he write something about a new 11-volume set of books on the theology of Pope Francis. Even before the photo of the letter presented to media was altered by the Vatican, the letter has blossomed into controversy over the authenticity of Vatican’s presentation of who Benedict is and what he really thinks. Hilary White, who recently wrote an in-depth report on Benedict’s career, joins Steve to discuss the issues in play.

ALSO: The Vatican is threatening the Spanish-language independent Catholic news website InfoVaticana with a lawsuit if they do not desist using their name — which includes the word Vatican — and turn over their domain ownership the the Vatican Secretariat of State. Steve talks to Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute and Gabriel Ariza, founder of InfoVaticana, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of why the Vatican has hired the second largest website in the world in an attempt to crush a small, Catholic news site.


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