Text: Giuseppe Nardi
(Rome) Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi SJ clarified that in connection with relations of the Pope to Argentina that Francis “speaks for himself” and needs “no speakers and interpreters.” The reason is that there are different voices and interpretations surrounding the political relationship of the Pope to his homeland who have led to controversy in recent months. Several people tried to act and interpret themselves as the “authentic” disposition on behalf of the Pope.
The clarification of the Vatican spokesman was carried out in an interview with the Argentine radio station FM Milenium. The daily La Nacion reported about it on June 11. The clarification can be read to the effect that Pope Francis quite is disposed in other areas through interpreters and the press secretary says, but this is only true for relations with Argentina. Father Lombardi himself interpreted papal statements in the same interview papal on other topics.
Pope Francis said on the flight back from Lesbos, himself, to a journalist on the question whether the Post-Synodal Letter Amoris Laetitia will change the content of Church practice and doctrine: “I could say now: Yes, and period.” Instead, the head of the Church directed, as regards the authentic interpretation of Amoris laetitia, that he had commissioned the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn with the official presentation of the letter in Rome.
Apart from the official Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi SJ, who himself makes known, however, that he has only limited access to the Pope and to have information, there is mainly Father Antonio Spadaro SJ, Editor of the Roman Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, indirectly, the journalist Andrea Tornielli and especially the atheist doyen of leftist journalism and Masonic tradition, Eugenio Scalfari, as semi-official Pope spokesman. Previously, there have been no comparable denials that Pope Francis “speaks for himself” and needs no “speaker” and “interpreter.”