20 thoughts on “Another interview, another train wreck

  1. According to a strong critic of piece, at least one section is badly-translated. The incarnation of Jesus section should read like this:

    “A better rendering would be, ‘The Son of God incarnated himself in order to infuse in the soul of men the sentiment of fraternity.'”

    But, yeah, train-wreck. Poor Jimmy Akin should be getting combat pay at this point.


  2. Yeah, as another put it, we can’t keep up with the damage control needed. At this point I’m just trying to cultivate whatever tiny patches of soil I can and hope the gratuitously emboldened don’t tramp on it.


  3. One of many choice quotes:

    “Vatican II, inspired by Pope John and Paul VI, decided to look to the future with a modern spirit and to open [the church] to modern culture. The Council fathers knew that opening to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non believers. After then very little was done in that direction. I have the humility and ambition to want to do it.”

    This is the first “I have the humility” statement I have ever seen that wasn’t intended to be humorous and self-refuting! Coupled with “ambition”, it absolutely takes the cake.


  4. A few more favorites:


    “Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense.”


    “The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old … This, to me, is the most urgent problem that the Church is facing.”


    “Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”


    Mr. Scalfari: “Jesus in his preaching said that agape, love for others, is the only way to love God. Correct me if I’m wrong.”

    Pope Francis: “You’re not wrong. The Son of God became incarnate in the souls of men to instill the feeling of brotherhood. All are brothers and all children of God. Abba, as he called the Father. I will show you the way, he said. Follow me and you will find the Father and you will all be his children and he will take delight in you. Agape, the love of each one of us for the other, from the closest to the furthest, is in fact the only way that Jesus has given us to find the way of salvation and of the Beatitudes. ”


    “The mystic manages to strip himself of action, of facts, objectives and even the pastoral mission and rises until he reaches communion with the Beatitudes.”


    “And I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator.”


  5. These are all so dreadful (even granting that, as seems plausible, the phrase “in the souls of men” was moved to the wrong spot in the translation about the Incarnation) that it’s hard to pick an anti-favorite, but perversely, and just because it isn’t one of the ones being discussed most, I’ll pick the one about youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old being the most serious evils in the world right now. It almost makes one gasp. Really? The most serious evils in the world?

    Prayers for a speedy recovery for you.


  6. Lydia, I actually agree with your pick. The pope’s answer took my breath away. The biggest problem facing the Church today is a crisis of faith and the loss of souls. There isn’t even a close second. Restore the Faith and the rest will take care of itself.

    Thanks very much for the prayers!


  7. For those kindhearted souls who have generously prayed for my health, I believe the sharp nasty little monster has finally passed … this afternoon at 12:30pm, give or take. I delivered the specimen to my urologist with great joy. God bless you all.

    Let’s pray for the Church and for all Christians, rededicate ourselves to penance and conversion, and immerse ourselves in the teachings Our Lord has so lovingly handed down to us these past centuries. Dale – hard liquor might help you survive this pontificate, and I suppose it’s better than joining the nuns on the bus, but then what kind of shape will you be in when it’s over? ;-)


  8. Rest assured, Jeff, that port is not my primary coping mechanism. St. Francis de Sales is helping me out rather a bit, as is knowing that I am not alone in my concern.

    Very glad to hear you have gotten rid of the thorn in the flesh. Yikes, I don’t envy anyone on that.


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