The interview of Pope Francis conducted over three days by his fellow Jesuit Antonio Spadaro did more than spark a few headlines: it got the whole world talking about what the Pope had said (or not said, as the case may be). There’s always a risk involved in going off-script, but Francis clearly believes that it is worth it–and he seems to hope that the world’s one-billion-plus Catholics will be able to carry their part of the conversation forward.
Many people seemed to get the Pope exactly wrong. Apparently believing the headlines, some fervent Catholics have called the bookstore with troubled questions, wondering if Francis is selling out on Catholic doctrine or making political statements that compromise the very positions their bishops are upholding. (“I’m not a right-winger” means one thing in the US context; something very different for a person who lived through Argentina’s “dirty wars.”)
America (Jesuit weekly) has a number of thoughtful posts on what has got to be the journalistic coup of the magazine’s more than a century-long history.
Here are some additional posts on an interview that deserves to be read carefully, reflected over, and prayed with. For now, you can read it online; the book version will be in soon (call to reserve your copy).
Followed by this brief “spiritual antivenin” by the same author
and a poignant reflection on the would-be patients in the “field hospital” that is Francis’ vision of the Catholic Church
(All of the above from the prolific and profound Scalia.)
Keeping Up with Francis (by Daughter of St. Paul nunblogger, Sister Anne)
First thoughts about the Francis Interview (by Father John Zuhlsdorf)
Pope Francis’ Comments about Homosexuality in the Big Interview (by Father John Zuhlsdorf) The most headline-grabbing aspects of the Pope’s interview really comprise a tiny sliver of the lengthy whole, but since the Pope’s comments have been taken out of context to such a degree, Father Zuhlsdorf patiently puts the context back in.
And one scholar suggests that the discomfort being expressed by many anxious Catholics is an invitation to transform the uncertainty into reflection. The article offers some helpful distinctions about the difference between, say, an interview and an encyclical, as well other insights that shed extra light on the Pope’s words.
Just released (Pauline Books & Media): Jorge from Argentina: The Story of Pope Francis for Children (primary-level readers).