The exclusive interview with Pope Francis – one Jesuit to another


“But I am always wary of decisions made hastily. I am always wary of the first decision, that is, the first thing that comes to my mind if I have to make a decision. This is usually the wrong thing. I have to wait and assess, looking deep into myself, taking the necessary time. The wisdom of discernment redeems the necessary ambiguity of life and helps us find the most appropriate means, which do not always coincide with what looks great and strong.”


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Editor’s note: This is the interview that will generate a “mother lode” of media comments – mostly wrong. Better to read it yourself.


  1. Well, Doug, I took your advice and read it, but I did not get any new respect for this pope (a position which is not necessary to the recognition of his authority, btw, when he is speaking under the conditions necessary for infallibility). How can you be a field hospital if you fail to diagnose the illness and fail to perscribe the necessary medicine and lifestyle? Abortion, contraception, and homosexuality leave wounds. They hurt the individual, the family, and they hurt the society in which they are expressed. Our current economic crisis is one of demographics caused by contraception and abortion, coupled with equally sinful economic predation on the poor, which His Holy Father also did not name, did not define, did not target. So this ‘love’ for the poor is not genuine, it’s just feel good self-hypnosis of the Vatican II flavor, now rancid, and it dodges the responsibility Christ gave His Church. The Church must name the sins, and call for repentance, and threaten to work toward a Catholic confessional state to back up Its demand that capitalism stop eating the poor. That would be love. And if you listened to Dolan’s interview on CBS this morning, the Holy Father’s words are instantly being applied to those nasty traditionalists who keep harping about doctrine. May God help us in every practical way with this unfortunate airy-fairy papacy.

  2. Having already read enough excerpts in a variety of media, I will settle for the pull-quote, above, as maybe the only worthwhile takeaway from this interview. Meanwhile, I will reiterate my recent praise of Francis for standing up to the world “leaders” who were rabid to attack Syria. That’s another thing his Holiness got right.

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