Pope Francis’ in-flight interviews garner much press, and sometimes consternate practicing Catholics. I’ve listened to call-in radio shows in which people expressed a desire for Pope Francis to stop these interviews altogether, usually on grounds that he is causing confusion.
I say: Faithful Catholics, fear not!
Of course the media often misunderstands what the Holy Father says, pulls his words out of context, manipulates the narrative, and usually, all of the above. That is not going to change. What is more important is
Questions of the Day: are you listening to what the Holy Father is saying and how are you responding to his message?
(And if you frequently scratch your head about something reported by the mainstream media, then find a better source, check the facts, and get the full context before you jump to any conclusions.)
In the following podcast, Father John Paul Duran helps us understand the things Pope Francis says and gives some background about where he comes from (and why we, especially DC Metro folks, have to stop interpreting him through the lens of Right and Left, Liberal and Conservative. For Catholics, it is more about faithful or unfaithful. The consternation of faithful Catholics comes from the confusion of whether or not Pope Francis is being faithful, which he is, but it might take a little work to see it. (The work is worth the time and effort it costs.)
The pope challenges us as well to be truly authentic Christians. … This pope is giving us so many clear ways of growing in holiness, to make us more Christ-like. — Father John Paul Duran, LC
Recent in-flight interviews with Pope Francis
- Juarez to Rome (February 2016)
- Philippines to Rome (January 2016)
- Central African Republic to Rome (November 2015)
- United States to Rome (September 2015)
There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing. — Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895–1979)