Remember that explosive “interview” Pope Francis gave to the radical Leftist and atheist Eugenio Scalfari? Not the third one, just published in La Repubblica, but the first one, published in that same newspaper on October 1 of last year, featured in L’Osservatore Romano, and lodged on the Vatican website as one of Francis’s speeches, thus seemingly making it part of his rather liquid magisterium. You know, the one in which Francis is said to have declared that he does not believe in a Catholic God, that everyone should pursue his own vision of good and evil, and other “greatest hits” of what the press delights in calling a “headline-grabbing papacy.”
Recall that after one of the by now routine semi-disclaimers by Father Lombardi—who called the interview “faithful to the thought” of Francis and “reliable in a general sense”—the text was removed from vatican.va in embarrassment. Well, the same interview suddenly reappeared on the Vatican website this week, in both English and Italian, and was included once again among the Pope’s speeches. But, after this stupefying development was noted by Antonio Socci and the Mundabor and Chiesa et Postconcilio blog sites, the “interview” was removed again, and the link provided by these bloggers now redirects searchers to the Vatican home page.
It is time to face reality: The conclave of 2013, following an unprecedented, mysterious, and strangely nuanced “resignation” by a Pope in full possession of his faculties, opened the door to what must be the final stage in the post-conciliar crisis.
If words have meaning, the man whose first words to the Church from the loggia of Saint Peter’s were a resoundingly banal “Good evening,” who referred to himself only as the newly elected “Bishop of Rome,” is the most liberal prelate who has ever ascended to the Chair of Peter. Pope Francis’s endless stream of shocking utterances—he will say whatever he pleases, to whomever he pleases, whenever he pleases—signals a clear and present danger to the Church. The danger is reflected in his progressivist-dominated “Council of Eight” and his insistent praise for the arch-Modernist Cardinal Kasper, now known as “the Pope’s theologian,” who proposes to destroy in practice what the Church, in fidelity to Our Lord, has constantly affirmed respecting the absolute indissolubility of marriage. The moral edifice of the Church would thus be undermined to the point of collapse.