Friday, March 30, 2018


Is there a hidden message in this photo?

Pope Francis Pope Francis 

Statement of the Vatican Press Office on Pope's remarks to Scalfari

The Press Office of the Holy See has released a statement on Thursday concerning remarks attributed to Pope Francis in an article in Italian newspaper "La Repubblica." 
Statement of the Press Office
The Holy Father recently received the founder of the newspaper La Repubblica in a private meeting on the occasion of Easter, without, however, granting him an interview. What is reported by the author in today’s article is the fruit of his reconstruction, in which the precise words uttered by the Pope are not cited. No quotations in the aforementioned article, then, should be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.


rcg said...

Maybe the Italians and the Argentinians are ‘going to the mattresses’.

John Nolan said...

The Times, that mouthpiece of the British establishment, has on its front page today a photograph of Pope Francis over the headline 'Thank heavens: Pope puts Hell in doubt'. The article itself is factual and balanced, since the 'Thunderer' still has journalistic standards.

Despite the fact that The Times these days has been as anti-Catholic as it was in the 19th century (then it backed the Established Church, now it backs the new secular morality) it devoted its main leading article to the same subject. 'Death's Dominion. The Pope's suggestion that Hell is imaginary shows his instinct to reconcile eternal truths with the mores and understanding of the modern age.

The last sentence is significant: 'The Pope's clarification that there is no such thing as eternal fire and brimstone even for those who eschew faith should be a reassurance to everyone.'

Fr Martin Fox said...

I ask again: why does the Holy Father spend so much time with this person his subordinates repeatedly dismiss as unreliable?

Sure, they are friends, I guess: but the pope can't tell the man, "For heaven's sake, will you stop publishing that nonsense? Just stop, please!" They are friends, right?

I am forced to conclude that either the pope doesn't care, or else he sees some value in this.

TJM said...

Father Fox,

It could also be attributed to failing judgment and mental processes, perhaps the most charitable explanation. To be honest, I have been following Popes since Pius XII and I cannot remember a Pontiff who made such alarming, off the cuff statements. Please correct me if I am mistaken in this regard.

Anonymous said...

It's A Lie: No, Pope Francis Did Not 'Abolish' Hell