This Time, It’s Atheist Scalfari Who Surprises–He Asks Pope Francis for a Blessing

Last year, I wrote a few times about Pope Francis' encounters with the journalist Eugenio Scalfari,the 90-year-old atheist intellectual who has been editor of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica for twenty years.Lat summer, Scalfari's recollections about his personal interview with the pope caused controversy here in the United States and among Catholics around the world--leading Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi to insist that the words in his interview "cannot be attributed to the … [Read more...]

Proselytize NO, Evangelize YES, Said Pope Francis

Fr. Longenecker

Well now, didn’t the Internet explode this week, what with all that excitement regarding Pope Francis’ second interview with the atheist Eugenio Scalfari in La Repubblica?“Proselytism is solemn nonsense,” he said.  “It makes no sense.”To which faithful Catholics responded, “WHAT?!!”  What about the resurrected Jesus’ instruction to the apostles in Matthew 28?  You know, when He told His followers to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father … [Read more...]