Thursday, September 26, 2013

Interview reveals discerning, transparent pontiff

The interview was conducted
 by editor-in-chief of Jesuit journal
 La Civiltà Cattolica,
Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro. CNS photo
Everyone's still taking about the Pope Francis interview published last week in America Magazine. In the October 6, 2013, issue of OSV Newsweekly, senior correspondent Dr. Matthew Bunson writes about how, behind the sensational headlines, the interview gives insights into his ideas for governance and plans for reform:

The flurry of misinterpretation in the secular media following the Sept. 19 publication of a 12,000-word interview with Pope Francis in America magazine and other Jesuit journals around the world was hardly surprising. Conducted over the course of three sessions in August with Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal, the interview sparked eye-grabbing headlines that painted a false narrative that the pope was somehow declaring the Church’s teachings on abortion, homosexuality and sexual ethics to be no longer relevant.
Incidentally, Pope Francis’ remarks the next day to a group of obstetricians and gynecologists, in which he strongly spoke out against an anti-life culture, threw the secular media for a loop.
A further effect of the brief sensation resulting from the interview, though, was the unfortunate overshadowing of the rest of the deeply personal, transparent and all-around remarkable conversation.
Read Dr. Bunson's entire analysis here

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