Just two weeks after Pope Francis surprised the world with an extensive and candid interview with Jesuit publications worldwide, a second surprise interview has started making the rounds and stirred up much debate. For example, Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore calls it a theological wreck.
As in the first interview, Francis talked about issues such as church reform and personal matters. But the new interview, this time with atheist editor Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica, also includes new topics such as the Vatican bureaucracy, careerist priests, the moment of his election, and his favorite saints.
Among the pope's most interesting comments:
On the greatest challenges for the church: "The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don't even look for them anymore." ...1