I think Anderson is right that the media provides only a part of the story, usually the part that is the most sensational or can be presented as controversial. However, Anderson also seems to overstate the media’s presentation. First, it is impossible to assign certain points of view or biases to ALL media, since not all media is the same. Second, he makes it appear that the media is saying that Frances is “uninterested in Church teaching on moral issues”, which I have not seen or heard anywhere. Nor have I read that Frances is taking the Church “in a profoundly new direction”. Rather, commentators have wondered whether that will happen to some extent, but Francis has not done so, nor would he do so, nor could he do so. Many of the commentators who make such unsubstantiated statements do not know or understand the Catholic Church or the papacy.
Regarding the differences between Francis and Benedict, they are like night and day. Let’s face it: Francis has a charisma, a personality, that is very much different than Benedict’s. Neither is necessarily wrong, but Benedict comes across as a theologian and scholar, very systematic in his thinking and his actions. Francis is much more pastoral in his approach, more situational, yet may be just as adamant as Benedict when it comes to preserving Church teachings.
Sometimes it is best to check out several different media reports to get a more accurate overview of what is happening or what was said. And, believe it or not, one should actually read or watch what was actually said. For example, read Pope Francis’ interview to find out what he REALLY said, not just read someone else’s interpretation of it. That should be intuitive, but it is amazing how many people rely on sound bites and excerpts for their information and to draw conclusions, often erroneous.
I have read the entire interview and I will say that it is amazing, and it confirms my belief that the cardinals made a wonderful decision in choosing this man to lead the Church. And one could hopefully assume that they knew enough about the man to know what might transpire, and purposely chose to take that route. Either that, or Francis fooled a whole bunch of them, which I seriously doubt.