On-Board Press Conference with Pope Francis on Return Flight from Mexico

Note: the Vatican Radio article linked below has this labeled as an “Interview”.  It is clearly a press conference.  The “official” translation of this press conference is yet to be posted in English on the Vatican website.  This article also refer to it as a “summary” of the questions and answers….RRice

Vatican City, 19 February 2016 (VIS) – As is customary in his apostolic trips, the Pope answered questions posed by journalists during the return flight to Rome, on his visit to Mexico and his encounter in Havana, Cuba with the Patriarch Kirill. The Holy Father addressed a series of themes that ranged from his Mexican experience to the problem of paedophilia, immigration to the European situation, as well as the repercussions of the document signed with the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the law on civil unions and the various problems linked to the family. He also expressed his hope to meet with Imam of the Mosque of Al-Azhar and revealed that he would like to visit China.

The following is a summary of the questions asked by journalists and the replies given by the Pope:

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  1. Posted March 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    I read and reread Pope Francis’s comments regarding pedophilia. While I know he is taking major steps to do what he can to eliminate this pathology from our clergy, his comments seemed confusing. He seems to praise Pope Benedict and St. John Paul for making an effort to hold Fr. Marciel accountable for his actions, but excuses any final actions due to health. What about all the years that Marciel was welcomed and treated to high praise by the Vatican? Who is being held responsible for all those years of maintaining a blind eye?
    I appreciate our pope must be a diplomat and speak in somewhat ambiguous terms, but it is a little disappointing.

    • rrice
      Posted March 3, 2016 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      My take on his comments was that Pope Francis was not defending John Paul II as much as he was defending Benedict’s action as head of the CDF. He seemed to be indicating the Ratzinger had all of the information but could not get JPII to take action. The years that Maciel was welcomed and treated to high praise are long gone. It is water under the bridge, so to speak. I don’t know that there are even people left in the Vatican, other then the emeritus pope, to hold accountable. Under this papacy, I don’t think someone like a Maciel will be able to can the kind of traction he very obviously had under JPII. It is from here on out that we all must take action when we see things should have accountability applied. I think the pope has done that but what he is doing is not going to be done overnight. The Commission for the Protection of Minors has a lot of work to come up with policy and guidance applicable world-wide, in countries that do not have the legals systems of the western nations. The section of the CDF recently created to deal with accountability of bishops is still in process. I think Pope Francis wants to make sure all that is put into place is precise and correct and not easily dismantled down the road. I am not sure that helps in your thinking???

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