Holy Smoke

The Vatican Can’t Tell Which Stories Are About the Pope and Which Are About Batman

The Vatican's social media team definitely is not infallible.
Not affiliated with the Vatican.

Not affiliated with the Vatican.

Don’t you just hate it when you click through a misleading headline? Someone at the Vatican certainly feels that way today. The AP reports that on Thursday, the Vatican’s primary Twitter account tweeted out a story about Batman. But for once, it wasn’t the work of Guccifer:

“Two Vatican officials said the site hadn’t been hacked, and that the reason for the unusual posting was an ‘internal system failure’ due to a non-native English speaker posting the story on the website.

The story was from the Catholic News Service. It has as its headline: “Holy Switcheroo! Batman has grown bitter, more vengeful with the years” and details the evolution of the Batman comic franchise.”

Someone at the Vatican’s communications site cross-posted the article, presumably thinking it was relevant to the election of a new pope, and it was automatically tweeted upon publication.

The bigger question is why the Catholic News Services thinks it’s news that Batman has gotten grittier. We all saw The Dark Knight Rises last summer, dudes. 

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