I've now twice read the interview with Pope Francis published in America yesterday. The last thing that is needed is for me to add my thoughts to the mass of words already written about this astounding interview. The interview itself is accessible but very rich, and will therefore require multiple readings. I've had the opportunity to look at a few different perspectives on the text. Some want to focus on the comments Pope Francis made about sexuality and about not ever being a "right-winger" and who therefore portray the pope as the anti-Benedict, while others are doing everything they can to portray Francis as simply a kinder, gentler Benedict who isn't changing anything but tone. Neither of these are accurate representations of the interview or of the pope.
It is worthwhile, and even necessary, to read a wide range of perspectives on the pope's words. But might I humbly suggest that you read the interview for yourself? It is, as already noted, an incredibly rich and welcoming text, and I found the experience of reading it to be profoundly moving, almost like I had spent the time in prayer alongside of him. I wrote yesterday about being transformed through an experience of Beauty. This is what I experienced when reading the interview.
So, just as the Augustine was instructed in the garden of Milan, so I suggest to you: "Tolle lege, tolle lege" - "Take it and read, take it and read!".
Here's the link: http://americamagazine.org/pope-interview
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