Sunday, January 22, 2017


Pope grants interview to Spanish daily El País

The cover of the El País daily paper, featuring the exclusive interview with Pope Francis. - RV
The cover of the El País daily paper, featuring the exclusive interview with Pope Francis. - RV
22/01/2017 15:36
(Vatican Radio) In an interview published by Spanish language newspaper El País, Pope Francis said he is most concerned with those in the Church – Bishops, priests, nuns, laymen – who are ‘anesthetized,’ rather than those who are asleep. Those who are anesthetized, he said, “sell out to worldliness.” An anesthetized person, he said, “is not in touch with people, he protects himself against reality.” When such people are in the Church, he said, they “should pack [their] bags and retire.”
Once again, the Holy Father covered a wide range of topics in a newspaper interview, touching again on subjects that are near and dear to his heart – including the “world war” currently being waged “in pieces”; the problem of migration, which involves both welcoming and integrating migrants; the problems of embracing ideologies; and the problems of corruption, especially in the modern world, which worships the “god of money.”
Pope Francis was asked in particular about current world events, including the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. “I think we must wait and see,” he said with regard to the new US administration. “I don’t like to get ahead of myself nor judge people prematurely. We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion.” He warned against premature reactions: “Being afraid or rejoicing beforehand, because of something that might happen, is, in my view, unwise,” he said.
The Pope had words of praise for his successor, Paul VI, whom he called an unappreciated martyr. He also praised his collaborators in the Roman curia, saying some of them are true saints. The Pope also spoke at some length about what he called the “middle class of sanctity”: mothers, fathers, families, ordinary people, with their sins and their virtues, who strive to lead a Christian life.
The interview with Pope Francis also touched on the Vatican’s role as a mediator in diplomatic conflicts, with the Holy Father emphasizing the importance of dialogue. The Church’s relations with various countries, including Spain, Venezuela and Colombia, and China, also came up in the conversation.
At the close of the interview, asked about what he hopes for from the conclave that will elect his successor, Pope Francis said, “I want it to be Catholic.” He said he wasn’t sure if he would see that election – a reference to the possibility of resigning – or if God would “carry [him] away” before that.
Pope Francis concluded the interview saying “The Lord is good, and hasn’t taken away my good humour.”


FJH 3rd said...

Uh... Paul VI is a PREDECESSOR of Francis, not a successor.

Anonymous said...

"The Lord hasn't taken away my good humor". This from the man who never gives a speech without complaining about something or somebody.

TJM said...

Pope Francis NEVER commented on Abortion King Obama's commitment to murdering the unborn, so he better be careful what he has to say about Trump.

Also for a sign of what is wrong with the Church of England, take a gander at this story:

Rood Screen said...

His good humor? I wonder if the whole thing about administering sacraments to unrepentant adulterers was just a joke. Maybe he agrees with Cardinal Sarah about ad orientem, but he's just playing a practical joke on him. Could BXVI still be pope, but he and Francis are pulling an elaborate ruse? I think this "good humor" comment is the key to understanding everything that has happened recently.

Mark Thomas said...

The Pope addresses the Tribunal of the Roman Rota at the inauguration of the Judicial Year, January 21, 2017 A.D.

"In this spirit, I must repeat the need for a “new catechumenate” in preparation for marriage.

"Welcoming the hopes expressed by the Fathers during the last Ordinary Synod, it is urgent to implement practically what was proposed in Familiaris Consortio (No. 66), that is, just as for the baptism of adults the catechumenate is part of the sacramental process, also the preparation for marriage should become an integral part of all the sacramental procedure of marriage, as an antidote that prevents the proliferation of null or inconsistent marriage celebrations."


Mark Thomas

Charles G said...

I wish he would follow in the footsteps of Pope Paul VI, who maintained the moral teachings of the faith on artificial birth control in Humanae vitae despite enormous pressures from those wanting to sell out to the world.