Source: The Guardian
By Angela Giuffrida
On 26 March, Lucetta Scaraffia sent a letter to Pope Francis. She was, at the time, the editor of the Vatican’s glossy women’s magazine Women Church World: a title that in its seven years had taken aim at misogyny in the church, exposed the shocking sexual abuse of nuns and the secret abortions priests had paid for to get rid of the evidence.
“We are throwing in the towel,” she told the pope. “Because we feel surrounded by an atmosphere of distrust and progressive delegitimisation.” The “we” was the 11-strong editorial team, all but two of whom quit on the same day, accusing the church elders of attempting to gag them. “A vital initiative has been reduced to silence and there has been a return to the antiquated and arid custom of choosing women considered trustworthy from on high, under the direct control of men.”
I meet Scaraffia, 70, in her home in the plush Parioli district of Rome. She is softly spoken, but strong willed, maintaining that it was the right thing to do to leave the magazine. “We were free before, we got on with our work without any pressure. But in the end, they left no space for autonomy.”
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