IMHO, Francis is playing the media. This isn’t the first time he’s said something provocative that gets the global media scrambling, misquoting, hearing what they want to hear, and then having their balloon popped when everybody is paying attention.
They could use a lot of popping.
And the funny thing is... They are still reporting on this as if HE is the one who is confused!
It seems sort of reminiscent of that old "rope-a-dope" technique in boxing, where the media expend all their energy flailing away at one of his vaguely disquieting statements, then he goes "BAM!!!", laying out not just the precise teaching of the Church, but the moral reasoning behind the teaching as well, for all the world to see and hear.
(Some shaky "Catholic" CINO's -- like certain American politicians -- may be listening to him as well, thinking at first that he "believes" just like they do.)