Before National Catholic Register Pulls It

hear-see-speak-no-evil-229493A great Pat Archbold post at National Catholic Register on the most recent papal interview:

The internet is once again abuzz with the second-hand hearsay of an unrecorded Papal interview.

Pope Francis once again (the third time by my estimation) has given an unrecorded interview to known atheist Eugenio Scalfari in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. And once again we have “shocking” quotes from the Pope that are impossible to substantiate.

And once again we have Vatican Spokesman stating that the ‘non-interview’ interview authentically “captures the spirit of the conversation,” but that the interviewer in the non-interview is a scheming to “manipulate some naïve readers” with inaccurate quotes in his accurate interview.

So let’s bottom line this.  The interview is accurate, but don’t you dare attribute any quotes in the accurate interview to the Pope, because…inaccurate or something.  Oh, and you can’t trust that Scalfari guy because he manipulates readers for his own nefarious ends, that is why the Pope allowed himself to be interviewed by Scalfari for the third time with no recording.  And of course this statement has no actual quotes of the Pope denying or accepting any quotes.

Great statement.  It contains all the clarity and precision for which the Church is known for these days.

So here are the things to know and share.  Nothing. Nada, Zip. Thank you Fr. Lombardi.

So pay no attention to those crazy and outlandish anti-Catholic headlines tearing up your RSS feed.  Just ignore them and hope they will soon go away, just like unrecorded Papal interviews.

Go here to read the comments.  Judging from some of them I suspect that they think the picture at the head of this post should be the attitude of faithful Catholics during the current papacy.


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  1. It amazes me that the Pope has given three interviews to the same atheist journalist, and he has been ‘misunderstood all three times! Well that’s what Lombardi, and all the ‘splainers in the apologetics community try to tell us. I hope a little boy will soon cry out “the emperor has no clothes” soon, because all the so-called professionals can’t tell you know what from Shinola.

  2. I was all serious and going to read the Vatican Radio summary of what the atheist wrote… but I had to give it up to laugh when I hadn’t read very far: ..” condemns those who, within the Church are silent or perhaps meat out punishment ”
    hah heh. chortle

  3. It says an incredible amount about how far our expectations have fallen for this pope that we basically have little but jokes to say at this point after another stupid interview. The first one or two were discussed at length & ad nauseum. Now we don’t even yawn.

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