I am waiting for the whole, official transcript of the airplane presser granted by Pope Francis on the way back to Rome from Lesbos. But, in absence of a transcript, here is the video. Ipsissimis verbis…
Meanwhile, Crux 2.0 has this. Skip past the rubbish about Bernie Sanders… blah blah blah:
Two of the nine questions Francis answered in 30 minutes were about his apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. One journalist asked the pope point-blank if the document changed anything for divorced and remarried couples, who currently can’t receive Communion.
The pope said “Yes, and that’s it.” [!]
“I could leave it there, but this would be a simplistic answer. What I ask you is to read the presentation of the document made by Cardinal [Christoph] Schonborn.” [That sounds like an endorsement of what Schönborn said. Right?]
A second journalist asked Francis about [infamous] footnote 351 of the document, which, for many, is where Francis actually opened the door for divorced and remarried Catholics to access Communion, asking why the pontiff put such an important point in a footnote.
“When I called for the first synod, most in the media were worried about this issue, and I, who am not a saint, got frustrated and then sad,” he said. “Why is it that the media who focus on this don’t see that this is not the big issue?” [I think it could actually be a big issue. I don’t think that answered the question. But he seems irritated. Gosh! Who would ever be irritated by newsies?]
Pause here and breathe deeply. Going on…
He listed what he believes those real issues are.
“Why is it that they don’t see that the family, around the world, is in crisis?” he said. “That despite the family being the foundation of society, the youth today doesn’t want to get married? That the birth rates in Europe make you want to cry?” [Yes, Your Holiness. I agree. However, does the solution depend on clarity, a clarion call? Or does it depend on ambiguity?]
Se we are back to square one.
The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation is still only what it is, but now Pope Francis says that Schönborn got it right.
Time to digest.
Further reading: Vatican Radio article