Leonardi wrote that what those critics fail to appreciate is that Francis and Scalfari are friends - in fact, he writes, Scalfari is “in love” with the pontiff.
“Talking about the conversations between Scalfari and the pope, we should focus most that the pope, through Scalfari, the pope speaks to us, and he does it like the Holy Spirit: The pope speaks, and his friend, Scalfari, understands him ‘in his own tongue,’ with his own codes,” Lenoardi wrote.
“For the pope, that’s fine, and he won’t correct him,” he said. “When the pope is with Scalfari, he’s Jorge Mario, not Francis,” Leonardi said, using the pope’s given name.
“If Eugenio believes that Jorge Mario thinks, like him, that Hell doesn’t exist, it’s fine with Jorge Mario, he won’t correct him,” Leonardo said. “Being friends isn’t about proselytism but finding common ground, without fearing the contamination and distortions that come with every friendship.”
Leonardi then turned to the pope’s critics.
“This is the real reason for the scandal among some ‘catholically correct’ personalities,” he wrote.