[Fr. Z downplays Frankenpope’s latest aerial interview]
Posted on 27 June 2016 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
The usual unusual suspects are over the moon that Pope Francis made comments about “gays” (I detest the twisting of that once fine word) where else but on an airplane. Other suspects are shredding their garments.
Frankly, this is much ado about very little in comparison with the bizarre off-the-cuff comments from that recent pastoral congress in Rome.
And in making this comment about “gays”, Pope Francis knocked the press off what really mattered in Armenia: the issue of genocide.
What did the Pope say that has everyone in a tizzy… this time?
Let’s review. The full text is HERE.
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I had a hard time following that. Thus, I don’t blame most newsies for focusing on the “sexy” comment about apologizing to “gays” (I detest that term).
But the Pope also referred back to the Church’s catechism, indeed the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He didn’t even suggest that any change in the Church’s teaching was in order, as if an airplane presser were the place to do that.
What does the CCC say? [See nos. 2357-2360]
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So, let’s not be mean to “gays”. That’s also what the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote. Right?
But the Pope also spoke about other things during this presser!
He also said that, although Luther intended reform, which wasn’t wrong, “maybe some of his methods were not right.” And that the church in the 16thc “was not exactly a model to imitate.” He used the word “genocide” for the massacre of Armenians in the early 20th c. Regarding the “two Popes at once” lunacy that has been floating around, he told Elisbetta Piqué of La Nacion, that Benedict XVI can no longer be considered to be exercising papal ministry. “There is only one pope.” On Brexit he was guarded, but didn’t seem pleased with the result. And with a measure of anger he slammed the door on deaconettes.
But, by all means, focus on the “gay” thing if that makes your socks roll up and down.
I’ve already state my position on question of whether Popes should give interviews.
Another question that one could rehash, as it has been every since the Millennium, is “Should the Church apologize to anyone?”