The Pope’s conversation with Scalfari and the words Francis never pronounced and the denial

Eugenio Scalfari

(©Lapresse)

(©Lapresse) Eugenio Scalfari

Fr. Lombardi’s immediate response to the article published by Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” illustrates the surprise it caused in the Vatican: The Pope never made any mention of “paedophile cardinals”, neither did he speak about celibacy in the terms described, nor did he say he would come down hard on paedophile priests “like Jesus did”

andrea tornielli Taken from Vatican Insider
vatican city

The content of the article published in today’s issue of La Repubblica newspaper was not an interview, the phrases in speech marks which Francis allegedly pronounced had not been recorded, the author of the article had not taken notes and neither did Francis read said text prior to publication. The quotations contained in the article are a reconstruction from journalist Scalfari’s own memory of what was said during various conversations with the Pope. Francis did not make the comments regarding “paedophile cardinals” that are mentioned in the article, neither did he speak about priestly celibacy in such terms, nor did he say he would come down hard on paedophile priests “like Jesus did.” The fact that Fr. Federico Lombardi immediately contradicted the comments attributed to the Pope in the article, indicates how surprised everyone in St. Martha’s House was to read the news this morning.

 

“It is important to notice that that words that Mr. Scalfari attributes to the Pope, “in quotations” come from the expert journalist Scalfari’s own memory of what the Pope said and is not an exact transcription of a recording nor a review of such a transcript by the Pope himself to whom the words are attributed. We should not or must not speak in any way, shape or form of an interview in the normal use of the word, as if there had been a series of questions and answers that faithfully and exactly reflect the precise thoughts of the one being interviewed,” Fr. Lombardi said in his statement.

 

“It is safe to say, however that the overall theme of the article captures the spirit of the conversation between the Holy Father and Mr. Scalfari while at the same time strongly restating what was said about the previous “interview” that appeared in La Repubblica: the individual expressions that were used and the manner in which they have been reported, cannot be attributed to the Pope. Let me state two particular examples. We must take into consideration two affirmations that have drawn much attention and that are not attributed to the Pope.  The first is that among paedophiles are also “some cardinals”; and the second regarding celibacy: “I will find solutions.” Lombardi questioned whether the author’s failure to close the speech marks was “an omission or explicit recognition that this is an attempt to manipulate some naïve readers.”

 

But the most surprising thing of all is that this kind of private meeting “takes place following a clear verbal agreement,” a source close tot he Pope explains. “It is basically a cordial conversation to exchange ideas; the content of such meetings is never published. And Scalfari knew this.”

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Vatican spokesman issues statement contradicting words attributed to Pope by top Italian newspaper


Rss Feed Twitter Facebook Print
Fr. Federico Lombardi

(©lapresse)

(©lapresse) Fr. Federico Lombardi

In a statement published by Italian blog “Il Sismografo”, Fr. Federico Lombardi clarifies that certain expressions “La Repubblica”’s founder Eugenio Scalfari attributes to Francis regarding paedophile cardinals and priestly celibacy, apparently never left the Pope’s mouth

FEDERICO LOMBARDI
vatican city

 

“In the Sunday edition of La Repubblica an article by Eugenio Scalfari was prominently featured relating a recent conversation that took place with Pope Francis. The conversation was very cordial and most interesting and touched principally upon the themes of the plague of sexual abuse of minors and the Church’s attitude toward the mafia.”

 

“However, as it happened in a previous, similar circumstance, it is important to notice that the words Mr. Scalfari attributes to the Pope, “in quotations” come from the expert journalist Scalfari’s own memory of what the Pope said and is not an exact transcription of a recording nor a review of such a transcript by the Pope himself to whom the words are attributed. We should not or must not therefore speak in any way, shape or form of an interview in the normal use of the word, as if there had been a series of questions and answers that faithfully and exactly reflect the precise thoughts of the one being interviewed.”

 

“It is safe to say, however that the overall theme of the article captures the spirit of the conversation between the Holy Father and Mr. Scalfari while at the same time strongly restating what was said about the previous “interview” that appeared in La Repubblica: the individual expressions that were used and the manner in which they have been reported, cannot be attributed to the Pope.”

“Let me state two particular examples,” Lombardi says in his statement. “We must take into consideration two affirmations that have drawn much attention and that are not attributed to the Pope.  The first is that among paedophiles are also “some cardinals”; and the second regarding celibacy: “I will find solutions.”

 

“In the article published in La Repubblica, these two affirmations are clearly attributed to the Pope but curiously, the quotations were opened at the beginning but were not closed at the end. We must ask ourselves why the the final quotations are not present: is this an omission or explicit recognition that this is an attempt to manipulate some naïve readers?”

 

 

 

About The Voice Of Bombay's Catholic Laity

Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
This entry was posted in Church Worldwide news. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to The Pope’s conversation with Scalfari and the words Francis never pronounced and the denial

  1. Why cover up. All the leading news prints worldwide and highly respected electronic media have reported the same. However should all of them be cooking up a story then can Pope Francis himself rebut their claims.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s