Just as I thought–the Scalfari interview was steered mostly by the atheist journalist. John Allen reports here that certain parts were factually incorrect and this fact indicates that Scalfari was putting things together as he thought best, but without checking all the details. It has also emerged that Scalfari did not record the interview or even take notes, but re-constructed the conversation.
If this is so, then he reconstructed (as any of us would) according to what he heard–not necessarily what the Pope said. Fr Lombardi agreed that Pope Francis approved the publication, but there was no indication of how closely he read the words reported as his. I was one who was dismayed and disturbed by the interview. In the future I’ll consider the source, and any interview of Pope Francis by an atheist journalist I’ll take with a pinch of salt.