...says 90-year-old Scarfali who doesn't take notes.
According to Scalfari, who is an atheist, Pope Francis called the Catholic Church’s priestly celibacy a “problem.”....“There are solutions and I will find them,” the pope allegedly said...
The response from the Holy See is underwhelming: Kinda what the Pope said but not precisely.
In a statement in response to the interview, the Vatican respectfully questioned Scalfari’s memory, saying the journalist may have relayed “the sense and spirit of the conversation between the Holy Father and Scalfari,” but that the article is, ”the result of his memory as an expert journalist but not of a precise transcript of a recording nor of a revision from the part of the interested, to whom the words are attributed to.”
Celibacy is to the vocation of priesthood as monogamy is to the vocation of marriage.
Celibacy is the rocket fuel for intimacy with Christ and efficacy of prayer.
It is the ultimate in a fast offering. A thousand times more powerful than a fast from food.
The Pope thinks this is a problem for which he intends to find a solution?
Does he also believe this most efficacious form of fast from sex is causing pedophilia? It's a bit unclear from the article.
How would that work?
A normal man who is attracted to women offers Christ monogamy and that turns him into a pedophile -- and 1/50 priests are now pedophiles?
This...absolute lunacy captures 'the sense and spirit of the conversation...but not of a precise transcript"?
How close was it?
I would think such a quote would be so far out of sync with the convictions of a Pope on celibacy, it could safely be said that it bears no resemblance.
It does not go without notice that Pope Francis has absolutely zippo on the record about the powerful and magnificent, prayerful fast offered to Christ in celibacy.