The founder and all-female editorial board of the Vatican women’s magazine have quit after accusing the church of trying to delegitimize their work and put them “under the direct control of men” following a report on the clergy’s sexual abuse of nuns. Women Church World is published alongside the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano every month. In an open letter to Pope Francis, founder Lucetta Scaraffia wrote Tuesday: “We are throwing in the towel because we feel surrounded by a climate of distrust and progressive de-legitimization.” Earlier this year, there was an attempt to bring the magazine under L’Osservatore’s editorial control. “After the attempts to put us under control, came the indirect attempts to delegitimize us,” said Scaraffia, who claimed women were brought in to write for L’Osservatore “with an editorial line opposed to ours.” She alleges the writers attempted to “obscure our words, delegitimizing us as a part of the Holy See’s communications.” Scaraffia caused uproar in February when she denounced the sexual abuse of nuns by clergy—a report that forced Francis to acknowledge for the first time that it was a problem.
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