Saturday, September 21, 2013


Instead of running around trying to prop up the pope, run interpretative interference, and blame the media, the Catholic press would do well to note what the man who interviewed the pope, Fr. Anthony Spardaro, S.J., actually said about interviewing the pope:

“Talking with Pope Francis is a kind of volcanic flow of ideas that are bound up with each other. Even taking notes gives me an uncomfortable feeling, as if I were trying to suppress a surging spring of dialogue.” 

And the press would also do well to note what the pope said about himself: 

“Yes, perhaps I can say that I am a bit astute, that I can adapt to circumstances, but it is also true that I am a bit naïve.”

Thus, rather than an ominous proclamation of a coming doctrinal earthquake the libs are drooling over, or the neo-con varnishing of the interview as “the pope isn’t saying anything new," rather we have here simply a “surging spring of dialogue” from a man who confesses to being “a bit astute (and) a bit naive.” 

In other words, it’s Jorge talking, not Peter. It's certainly worth a listen, and I still marvel at his thinking we talk too much about serious moral issues, but it's all just a personal perspective. He has no authority to change any defined doctrine and it's stupid to even say he has no wish to. 

Meanwhile, stop reading what others are saying what the pope said and read what the pope, and the man who interviewed him, said. Here is the original English publication of the interview

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