I have come to the conclusion that the Holy Father is ambiguous in speech.
I don’t think he’s ambiguous. He has a message, which is that he wants people to convert and he doesn’t want them to think about it in political terms or even really in the way that the press always presents the Church (repressive, rigid, etc.). He wants them to meet the Lord.
I don’t think, however, that he always considers how the enemies of the Lord will twist things.
On the other hand, BXVI said very little officially, except for the audiences, and gave few live interviews. But even so, the press managed to distort one of them to the point of making it sound like an attack on Catholic doctrine, and made his scholarly Regensburg address sound like he was calling out the Crusaders. So there’s really not much that can be done about this.
If Jesus had waited until he thought he’d be understood, he wouldn’t have been able to open his mouth.
My priest is Jesuit educated and does a very reverent Novus Ordo.
He says that Jesuits like to talk in riddles/be edgy to make people think. He always right on the edge.
This describes Pope Francis all the way.