Not a surprise. In his airplane interviews the Pope normally has gotten closest to giving us his true views:
On board the Papal plane — Pope Francis has warned that expectations for an upcoming landmark Vatican summit onshould be “deflated,” as the problem of abuse is unlikely to be resolved through it. The pontiff’s move to lower expectations may disappoint some Catholics, particularly in the U.S. where the last year has seen a string of revelations about senior .
CBS News correspondent Seth Doane was on Pope Francis’ overnight flight from Panama back to Rome, during which Francis held a news conference for reporters in the cabin before heading back to the front of the plane, leaving journalists to translate and digest what he’d said.
He laid out three goals for the February 21-24 Vatican summit, and said the focus should remain squarely on them. Francis said he hoped to make church leaders across the globe understand the pain sexual abuse inflicts upon victims, teach them how to properly investigate reported cases, and develop protocols for the entire church hierarchy to use in any alleged instance of abuse.
“Let me say that I’ve sensed somewhat inflated expectations,” he told the journalists. “We have to deflate the expectations to these three points, because the problem of abuse will continue. It’s a human problem.”
Go here to read the rest. No worries Holiness! So long as you are Pope, it is a certainty that most Catholics are convinced that nothing meaningful will be done in regard to the abuse crisis.