Monday, July 14, 2014

Another Papal Interview - A Planned Debacle?

Remember last October when Pope Francis granted that interview with Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica?  That's when he let loose with less-than-papacy-worthy comments such as:
  • "Proselytism is solemn nonsense". 
  • "Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them."
I need not elaborate (I would hope) on why these statements are problematic if not downright heretical.  I did elaborate on some reactions and "damage-control efforts" here and here.

One might have hoped that the Holy Father would have learned not to give interviews at all, let alone to Eugenio Scalfari.  Alas, such was not to be!  In fact, we may have reason to believe that the resulting chaos was intended.

Last week saw another interview - with more lunatic quotes.  In this conversation (not recorded again, by the way), the Pope allegedly estimated that 2% of priests are pedophiles. That's 1 priest out of every 50 priests; I'd call that a bit of exaggeration to say the least.  He also stated that there was "room for maneuver" when it comes to priestly celibacy, going so far as to use the term "problem of celibacy".

Immediately Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See's Press Office, went into "damage control" mode - much as he did last autumn after the first fiasco interview.  Here's his statement, published in Zenit.  Just as he did last year, Lombardi attributes the indignation about the off-kilter papal remarks to words that "cannot be attributed to the pope".  He ended his statement with this about quotations: "Is this an omission or explicit recognition that this is an attempt to manipulate some naive readers?"

Father Lombardi sounded quite indignant.  I might be inclined to believe him - if this all wasn't a repeat performance of the first interview and its subsequent damage-control.  When this interview with Scalfari happened last week, both the pope and Fr Lombardi knew what to expect.  I'm coming to believe that they wanted this subsequent hub-bub to occur, so that tradition-defying statements could be issued, with responsibility for those statements being attributed to a "straw-man" - in this case, Scalfari.  The only other possibility is that the Holy Father, the Director of the Holy See's Press Office and others are incorrigible dunces who refuse to learn from their mistakes.

There is a saying: "Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me."  That statement is very relevant, in two respects.
  1. Either it refers to the Holy Father and his underlings in the Vatican who are (seemingly) falling for the wiles of the Scalfaris of the world.  OR
  2. It refers to the Catholic populace at large, who are being asked/cajoled/browbeat into believing that the Vatican is simply an "innocent victim" rather than cunning manipulators of the trust of the Catholic faithful.
Pope Francis is the Holy Father.  We must pray for him.  In order to do so, we must look at situations with rose-colored glasses removed.  We must have no hesitancy in facing what is plain as day.  Of course (I speak particularly to my fellow bloggers), we must not be silent.


  1. This is apparently HIS THIRD interview like that. One can not be mistaken - THIS IS PLANNED and DELIBERATE... He is using Scalafari - by their bilateral agreement (in my opinion) - to made an attack on the True Church. Once, the war is in the air and people are in emotional turmoil, he says: it is a misunderstanding... Why, SO PEOPLE WILL STILL TRUST HIM... I don't!!! I never will, because he is in my eyes and in the eyes of many serious prophetic voices - an imposter. A false pope... an anti-pope... If we will not dare to expose our thinking to the possibility that this might be an anti-pope (history of the church had already proved that this is an option, we had about 10 anti-popes before), then we will be letting him to go easy and destroy more and more of what is HOLY... It is better to be warned, then to wake up one day stripped of what is our duty to PROTECT even by the price of our own blood...

  2. It is a travesty and a betrayal of the faithful.

  3. It's going to be a painful pontificate, I fear.


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