A Controversial Papal Visit: Analysis of Spanish Editorials

Ricardo-María Jiménez-Yáñez – Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, España

Ricardo-María Jiménez-Yáñez, 2019: "Análisis de los editoriales sobre una polémica visita papal", Onomázein 44, 63-84.
DOI: 10.7764/onomazein.44.04

This paper explores the ideological basis and argumentative strategies given by four Spanish newspaper editorials to a controversial religious event: Benedict XVI’s visit to the United Kingdom in 2010. A hybrid method of Discourse Analysis and Text Linguistics is used to analyse the editorials: the former, explores macro-structural aspects of the argumentive strategy (Amossy, 2006, 2009) particularly the editorial’s framing (Entman, 1993), while the latter, the microstructural aspects of textual cohesion (Halliday & Hasan, 1989). A marked ideological polarisation between El País and ABC, and a less partisan and clear-cut approach in La Vanguardia and El Periódico that offers differing interpretations have been observed in the treatment of papal visit and Catholic religion.