On Saturday, the Pope travelled outside Rome for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began to sign the encyclical in the crypt where St. Francis of Assisi is buried. Reuters claims that Pope Francis’ new encyclical may not be “inclusive enough.”
Titled “Fratelli Tutti,” which translates to “Brothers All,” is intended to usher solidarity in a world crippled by the pandemic. The Pope signed the encyclical following Mass in the basilica in Umbria.
“I offer this social Encyclical as a modest contribution to continued reflection, in the hope that in the face of present-day attempts to eliminate or ignore others, we may prove capable of responding with a new vision of fraternity and social friendship,” wrote the Pontifex on Twitter.
Reuters highlighted that the title, which is gender neutral in Italian, may be perceived as masculine elsewhere.
In a statement on Saturday, the Vatican said that the title was taken from the first two words of St. Francis’ Admonitions to his followers in the 13th century. As such, there are no plans to change the title or remove it from its historical context.
The “Fratelli Tutti” encyclical is considered one that deals with social issues, in contrast to encyclicals about Church doctrine.
Reuters complained that despite the pope’s use of the phrase “brothers and sisters” in sermons to his flock, the title is not “inclusive enough” — a point it was certain to make in its article covering the encyclical.
Catholics took to mocking Reuters on Twitter, with clarifications that the term was undoubtedly gender neutral in its original language. Some mocked the journalists for their reach.
“Listen to me, until we start throwing journalists in the stocks we will have no societal order,” quipped one user.
“Looking forward to Reuters' next linguistic critique of a fatwa,” wrote another.