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Reconstruction and Clarification (Update)

In my reflection on Pope Francis' interview with Father Spadaro, I remarked that it be best interpreted under the genre of "conversation," rather than "interview." The same was even more true of the "interview" with Signore Scalfari. But, even at its first appearance, I wondered how it had been recorded by Scalfari – did he bring an aide? (clearly not); did he use a recorder? (none was mentioned); is he adept at short hand? (even while discoursing on the "fabric of being").

Now it appears that it was not recorded at all, but reconstructed after the fact by the octagenarian (though very astute) editor.

John Page, in a comment below, called our attention to the new information. Since his comment is on an old post, I provide the link here.

I confess to finding the modus procedendi rather strange. Stranger still is that the "interview" with Scalfari is presented on the Vatican website under the category of "speeches!"


Actually less an "update" than a warm "recommendation." John Allen linked to an interview between Father Thomas Rosica and Monsignor Dario Viganò, the director of Vatican Television. The interview recounts the "transformation" that Viganò discerned in Francis after his moment of prayer before he went on to the Loggia.

But the whole interview is fascinating and Viganò speaks some of the purest Italian I'v heard in a long time (though Rosica is no slouch!). There are English subtitles.

Viganò speaks of the crucial role of images in filming Benedict's departure from the Vatican and Francis' appearance on the Loggia. At the very end he makes, in response to a question, an interesting comparison between the two Popes.

Here are twenty-seven very worthwhile minutes of breaking good.



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I suppose that Fr. Imbelli want us to use google more frequently. :-)

I think people get creeped out when someone talks of “souls being at stake,” but should we?    As Catholics, isn’t this something we should be profoundly concerned about?


And another thing…When someone raises concern about carelessness, meaning lack of nuance, is it fair to misquote them as accusing someone of being “careless”?   Twice?   Some may think that’s par for the course from the Italian media.  Me, well, based on all my years in journalism, I think it’s… careless.

Very interesting to hear of John XXIII's interview and the journalist who missed the scoop of the century. Paul VI has two book-length interviews with Jean Guitton, which present him in a very attractive light. It's the internet that lent wings to Francis's interview.

Don't forget this one:

Maybe I am getting crotchety in my own  old age (likely!), but ISTM that if a couple geezers want to sit down and talk about things, the whole world shouldn't have to get its weltanschauung bent all out of shape. And if they aren't worrying about their souls being at stake when they are old enough to see the clubhouse beyond the 18th hole, no one else should be  worrying about his neighbor's soul either.