Pope was concerned interview could be misunderstood

Thought this was interesting:


According to a Catholic writer in Italy, Pope Francis was aware that his reported words in an Oct. 1 interview published in “La Repubblica” could be misunderstood, and took measures concerning this.
Antonio Socci, a Catholic columnist for the Italian newspaper “Libero,” wrote Oct. 27 that after the publication of the interview, Pope Francis was fully aware of the risk of misunderstanding of some of his words, particularly those on conscience.
In the interview, Eugenio Scalfari, founder and former director of “La Repubblica,” quoted Pope Francis as saying that “the conscience is autonomous, and everyone must obey his conscience.”
Pope Francis reportedly reiterated his phrase, adding that “everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”
These sentences led to a certain amount of criticism for the Roman Pontiff.
The Pope’s knowledge that he could be misunderstood is why – according to Socci – Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, was “told to maintain that the text of the interview had not been revised by Pope Francis and that it was penned by Scalfari after an informal chat.”
Fr. Lombardi also underlined that “the interview is not part of Pope Francis’ Magisterium.”
Despite this, “L’Osservatore Romano,” the Vatican newspaper, re-published the interview in its Oct. 2 edition, and it is included among Pope Francis’ speeches on the Vatican’s website.
According to Socci, Pope Francis “regretted” the publication of the interview in “L’Osservatore Romano” and “complained of it to the director, Gian Maria Vian, in Assisi on Oct. 4.”
Video from Vatican TV shows that when Pope Francis went to visit the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi, he stopped by and had a one-minute chat with Vian.
According to Socci, “that is probably the moment when Pope Francis complained to Vian.”
It is impossible to catch something of the conversation through the video, because of the background noise.
In fact, only two people were close enough to Pope Francis to listen to the conversation between him and Vian: journalist Aldo Cazzullo, and vice-director of the Holy See press office, Fr. Ciro Benedettini.
Socci confirmed to EWTN News Oct. 28 that he “learned about the Pope’s regret by two different sources,” and he asserted that “both of these sources were part of the Pope’s entourage.”
Socci further stated that “critics of Pope Francis for his view on conscience are double-dealing.”
“Would you really believe Pope Francis thinks that everybody can have his own idea of good and evil and thus justify what he does?” he asked.
“Is it really possible Pope Francis has an idea that would make being Christians, or believing in God, into nonsense?”
Socci underscored that “Pope Francis’ teachings on corruption, confession, the danger of the devil, all prove that Pope Francis’ view is orthodox, and that he had not watered down the teachings of the Church, and particularly the doctrines of the Church.”

Life gets better and better for you McCall :wink:


Wait, I thought it was only fear mongering orthodox Catholics and the media who thought the remarks we somewhat confusing?

I wonder if Pope Francis will confirm what this journalist is asserting.

Ditto. :sad_yes:

This quotation proves that Socci is a theological lightweight, or else completely unfamiliar with the basic tenets of Christianity. God is not a bully, who will damn us if we don’t do his bidding. God invites us into a BETTER life, a RICHER life, a BEAUTIFUL life.

Socci has a sad and pathetic view of salvation history, if he thinks that the only reason for being a Christian is that God requires this of us.

**The only thing worse than advising a person to follow his conscience is advising him not to follow his conscience.

I’m not sure exactly what you mean here. I think the journalist is basically just saying “some people might have interpreted the Pope to be saying that anyone can just follow whatever they think is right (relativism), but it’s self-evident and obvious that the Pope would never actually mean that”.

Not sure what anyone would disagree with there :shrug:

Socci thinks that the idea that people should just follow their consciences turns the idea of Christianity into nonsense. His view (a) assumes that Christianity is only about moral behavior, and (b) assumes that God has no influence on our consciences. (If he didn’t assume both these things, then his conclusion – that there would be no compelling reason to be a Christian – would be obviously invalid).

Both Socci’s assumptions, however, are false.

In these difficult days, I believe church leaders, especially the pope, should be careful with interviews. There are always people who will jump to conclusions and insert their own interpretations. I, myself, was worried that the church was going to change doctrine or morals and that would be disasterous for me because I could not support any religion that would change basic teachings. My conscience has been formed before the sixties when I converted and I cannot go back on those teachings. Pope John Paul stated in the Denver Catholic register in 1993 at World Youth Day that if the church were to change doctrine or teachings on faith and morals, the church would no longer be the bride of Christ. It would be up to the remnant of faithful to continue in the faith on a path away from apostacy. I would follow the faithful bishops who have not changed the faith.

Exhibit A, right here on this very forum:


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