America and a number of Jesuit journals around the world jointly published today a lengthy exclusive interview with Pope Francis, conducted by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal.
America titles the 12,000 word piece, "A Big Heart Open to God." That's an apt title for a wide-ranging interview that picks up on many things Francis has already said publicly and expands on here. You won't discover ground-shifting changes here but you will find that the image of Francis we've seen developing over the past six months of his papacy is an accurate one, in spite of how the MSM has often distorted it with shorthand headlines.
Here's some good advice from Sam Rocha over at Patheos:
Please, don’t read (the interview) for melodrama or controversy: read for what is there, no more and no less. Grab a cup of coffee and sit down for a few minutes to hear what Pope Francis — the man of flesh and bone — has to say. Breathe. Think. Ponder. Question. Imagine. Check. Double-check. Set it aside. Repeat. Then, and only then, perhaps, express an opinion or a point of view, with charity. Resist the temptation to objectify, politicize, and use the Pope’s words, given in a pastoral spirit.So when you have some time and a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine), sit down and open your heart and mind to what Pope Francis has to say...
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