Does anybody remember the brouhaha when Pope Benedict lifted the excommunication of wacky SSPX Bishop Williamson who turned out to be a right wing anti Semitic holocaust denier? The fact of the matter is the Pope messed up and the Vatican press people messed up. I reckon we will look back on Pope Francis’ interview with Scalfari as a similar public relations, communications disaster.
We’re now learning here that Scalfari did not record the interview or take notes. The interview was therefore not Pope Francis’ words, but Scalfari’s “reconstruction” of the interview. Insiders have already challenged factual details of the account, and even though Pope Francis is said to have approved the interview they are “unsure” how careful he was in reading it. Carl Olson has a frank and intelligent analysis of the whole debacle here.