The Vatican announced July 9 that Greg Erlandson, president and publisher of the Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, has been appointed to an international committee working to propose reforms for the Vatican Media.
According to Vatican Radio, the committee will publish both a report and a plan for reform during the next year, with the goals being “to adapt the Holy See media to changing media consumption trends, enhance coordination, and achieve progressively and sensitively substantial financial savings.” It also plans to continue to strengthen the Vatican’s digital outreach.
Erlandson is one of six senior international experts appointed to the committee and the only American. Other committee members include Lord Christopher Patten, from the U.K., who will act as president; Daniela Frank of Germany; Dominican Father Eric Salobir of France; Leticia Soberon of Spain and Mexico; and George Yeo of Singapore.
The committee will work in conjunction with Vatican staff members Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; Giacomo Ghisani of Vatican Radio; Msgr. Carlo Maria Polvani, of the Secretariat of State; Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz, of Vatican Internet Service; and Giovanni Maria Vian of L’Osservatore Romano.
“I am both honored and humbled to have been appointed to new Vatican media committee,” Erlandson said. “Communications is central to the work of the Church, and the Vatican has a significant and multi-faceted media presence thanks to the hard work of many people. I look forward to meeting with my distinguished colleagues on the committee in the months ahead and accomplishing the tasks that have been set before us.”