As you probably know by now, the Pope gave an extensive interview to Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, who asked questions with input from several Jesuit periodicals, including America Magazine.
The mainstream media have pounced on the predictably “controversial” points, but there is much more to consider than the headlines.
How can you not be won over by the following?
I ask Pope Francis point-blank: “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?” He stares at me in silence. I ask him if I may ask him this question. He nods and replies: “I do not know what might be the most fitting description…. I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.”
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