I think Simcha is missing the point. What kind of knucklehead pope lets himself get used this way? Why does he so desperately need to go it alone that he disdains resources at his disposal whose express purpose is to prevent screwups like this?
His resources are not good. The Vatican has fallen down on the press office position time and again.
Navarro Valls was the last good one, and he probably kept JPII from being charged with heresy for things like kissing the Koran and making very ambiguous statements on a lot of things.
Francis is actually, IMHO, much more orthodox than JPII, but as long as the ham-fisted, not-savvy Lombardi is there, he’s going to have problems.
Let's hope --- no, let's PRAY --- he has learned from this experience.
How hard is it to have a Vatican camcorder record the interview in its entirety and post it to youtube? Perhaps several versions, each with subtitles in the major languages? With this being a condition for ANY reporter being granted an interview?
Why can't the Pope bypass the whole hostile press establishment by posting video sermons on the Vatican website?