Scalfari published another conversation with Pope Francis Oct. 1, and it was the first “interview” Pope Francis granted.
On that occasion, Father Lombardi maintained that the text was overall faithful to the Pope’s thought, even though it could not be considered part of his magisterium.
The interview was first inserted among the Pope’s speeches on the Vatican’s website, translated in six languages, and later removed from the Vatican’s website because “the information in the interview is reliable on a general level, but not on the level of each individual point analyzed,” Father Lombardi said Nov. 15.
One month after the publication of the “interview,” in a meeting with journalists of the Foreign Press Association of Rome, Scalfari conceded it is “really possible” that some of the Pope’s words he reported “were not shared by the Pope himself.”
On that occasion, Scalfari explained that his interviews are conducted without a recording device, nor taking notes while the person is speaking.
“I try to understand the person I am interviewing, and after that, I write his answers with my own words,” Scalfari explained.
In the latest controversy, Father Lombardi noticed that Scalfari “clearly attributed these two sentences to the Pope,” but “strangely, the quotation marks are opened, but not closed.”
“Did Scalfari forget to end the quote or was it an explicit acknowledge that he was making a manipulation for naive readers?”
Courtesy of Catholic News Agency.