I was going to have a lot of fun with this but when I read the transcript, I thought to myself 'this is better than the usual mess - we are making progress!'
He's got some flight of thought going on, but at least he referenced the Catechism and made clear Church teaching doesn't require an apology but if people offended gays, then they should receive an apology -- right along with a generic list of wounded souls, and how about gays try some forgiveness for a change.
Don'g get me wrong, there's a screwball sentence or two (and not insignificant, like theology is a useless measurement tool but offenses against the political handbook are out of line) but overall, it's a little better.
He even lost his temper when women deacons were suggested.
“They said: 'The Church opens the door to deaconesses.' Really? I am a bit angry because this is not telling the truth of things.”
This I can live with!
Fr. Z comments here.
I love our Bear's headline!
and Julie's is really fun too!
I'm sure we could all come up with a list to keep him apologizing right up to retirement. If we hadnt moved on and forgotten!
I was thinking about the plane rides. Why cant we plant some solid journalists to jury-rig him into affirming Church teaching?