The website Catholic News Agency has published an interview with another interpreter of Pope Francis, this time Archbishop Giovanni Becciu. According to him, Pope Francis was “surprised” by the reaction to what he said enroute home from the Philippines, and saddened by the misunderstanding.
“The Pope is truly sorry that it created such disorientation. He absolutely did not want to disregard the beauty and the value of large families,” Archbishop Becciu stated.
Even though he did.
Then, the Archbishop goes into how the pope was taken out of context of his comments about Humanae Vitae.
“Seeing the headlines, the Holy Father, with whom I spoke yesterday, smiled and was a bit surprised that his words were not fully contextualized with regards to a very clear passage of Humanae vitae on responsible parenthood,” Archbishop Becciu stated.
Surprised? He’s surprised now two years into his papacy that people keep misunderstanding him?
Have we ever had a pope who was consistently misunderstood as this one? Not in the five I’ve lived through has such consistent misunderstanding occurred. More worrisome are the ones that he didn’t feel had to be reinterpreted and let stand, such as proselytism is solemn nonsense, or adultress go have communion in another church because a little bread and wine never hurt anybody, or . . . you know, the list is quite long now.
I derogated large families and Faithful Catholics who are open to life and who trust in God’s providence where the experts say three is the number but that was a misunderstanding taken out of context of the few words I strung together about Humanae Vitae. Got it? Me neither.
I read the transcript. He wasn’t taken out of context as far as I could understand exactly what he was saying, which is always difficult. Let’s not forget that he said he rebuked the women who told him she was going to have an eighth child, telling her that she was tempting God. Another misunderstanding taken out of the context of Humanae Vitae? Let’s not forget also that the “experts” say three is best, as told by the Pope.
I wonder how many more interpretations we’ll have, not only of this but of the ones yet to come.