Pope’s 60 Minutes Interview: Classic Exercise in Modernist Deception

Pope Francis’ recent interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes is notable for a variety of statements made by the Pontiff, among the most prominent being his seemingly contradictory and misleading claims on Fiducia Supplicans.

In a now fully released CBS 60 Minutes interview, conducted by Norah O’Donnell, Pope Francis was questioned once more on the December 2023 text Fiducia Supplicans (FS) which was issued from the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF), overseen by Prefect Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández. In paragraph 31 of the document, the Pope authorized blessings “of couples in irregular situations and of same-sex couples.”

O’Donnell queried Francis: “Last year you mandated that Catholic priests be allowed to bless same-sex couples. That’s a big change. Why?”

Replying in Spanish, Francis did not respond to the question as asked, with O’Donnell using the term “couples” and the Pope instead referring to “unions” in his response, stating:

No, what I allowed was not to bless the union. You can’t do that because it’s not the sacrament. I can’t. The Lord made it that way. But I do bless each person. The blessing is for all. For everyone. Blessing a homosexual type union is against the law, natural law, Church law. But blessing every person, why not? The blessing is for everyone. Some were scandalized by that. Why? For everyone. Everyone!

O’Donnell continued: “You said, ‘Who am I to judge? Homosexuality is not a crime.’” To which Francis replied: “No. It is a human fact.”

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