Andrea Tornielli has a piece today at Sacri Palazzi wherein he calls into question the veracity of Scalfari’s account of the interview with Pope Francis.
I don’t have time to translate the whole thing for you at the moment, since I am off to lunch and then to the firing range for some therapy.
However, Tornielli points out that more than one cardinal told him that Francis did not go apart into a room before he accepted the election as Pope during the conclave. That’s just one point.
However, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, the papal spokesman, responded to a question from journalists, saying: “It isn’t clear to me that the text of the interview with the Pope on La Repubblica was revised.”
Tornielli goes on to write:
“Lombardi didn’t deny any passage in the conversation, and he explained that the overall reconstruction of the papal affirmations was faithful. But [NB...] he made it clear that it is necessary to be cautious in attributing with precision to the Pope every single quoted word.”
Is that so?
Then I have to ask: If we aren’t sure about the exact words of the Pope:
Why the hell is the interview posted on the Vatican’s website in the category of “Speeches” of Pope Francis?!?
What am I missing? Is it just because L’Osservatore Romano also printed it? If so… isn’t that enough? If people need to find it, they can find it there.
If we don’t know for sure that what La Repubblica printed is what Pope Francis actually said, then why is it posted on the Holy See’s website as if it is really a “speech” of Pope Francis?
We now rely on the more or less “faithful” reconstruction of the Pope’s words by an avowed atheist journalist who has for years had a bone to pick with the Catholic Church?
Will the interview be in the Acta too?
I’m just asking because I think it is important that we get the Pope’s words (read:thoughts) right. He’s the POPE, not the neighborhood butcher talking about the movie he saw last night.