Man Whose Every Word Is Misrepresented Thinks 12,000 Word Interview A Good Idea

September 21, 2013 by  
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VATICAN––It was reported earlier this week that an outgoing Argentinian born man, whose every single word is misconstrued and misrepresented by friends in the media, has for some reason, resolved to give them an additional 12,000 more words to have fun with. “If you think about it, what’s the worst that could happen?” said the man as he neglected to write down even just a handful of key statements that he could use during the interview so as to avoid the chance that someone misunderstand what he trying to say. “Sure, up till now every single, solitary word or sentence I’ve said, be it from the pulpit or plane, has allowed those who hate the Church to twist the meaning of what I actually meant…but you know, I believe in fifth chances.” At press time, the man has agreed upon an upcoming Mad Libs type interview with MSNBC, in which he would send the media outlet a dozen thousand word statement about Catholic moral teaching, with select words and sentences removed to allow easier room to misrepresent.

  • Angela Sullivan

    Angela Sullivan know how many times he mentioned contraception? Once. Homosexuality? Once. Abortion? Just twice–twice out of 12,000 words.More proof that secular journalists believe in transubstantiation. A few hours ago, Jesuits newspapers across the world released a sweeping 12,000-word interview with the Pope. Pope Francis spoke eloquently about art, the saints, the Church, social justice, and prayer. Some of the words he used most include God (37 times), Jesus (26), Ignatius (15), Gospel (14), experience (14), and encounter (10).

  • Will

    Well, the joke’s funny so far as it goes, but what should the pope do? Never speak again? The Gospels are constantly misrepresented, ditto the Catechism, encyclicals, homilies and so on.

    • steve5656546346

      Oh, I don’t know…speak less? Less off-the-cuff?

      Here’s a radical idea: prepare is remarks in written form; coordinate them with others with differing perspectives (who, for example, understand the pro-life movement in the West), and then post the talk on the Vatican web site: translated by the Vatical itself.

  • I am afraid that the assumption “he is being misinterpreted” is now a very shaky one.

    It is more plausible to me that Pope Frances knows exactly what he is doing.

    God have mercy.

    • David Alexander

      I agree.

  • In line with the theme of misunderstanding, the difference between satire and disrespectful criticism is hard to see here.

    • Kristy M.

      I agree with Father Maurer. This post feels unfairly critical of our Holy Father, as if he’s being reckless with his words.

      I applaud him for speaking freely. Let the Gospel message ring loud and clear, wide and far. I found the ideas he conveyed in his interview to be enlightening. Lots of great talk on, as Angela Sullivan points out in an earlier comment, God, Jesus, Gospel, experience and encounter. What more could we want?

      • Respect, in the sense that you mean it, is neither the proper province nor the duty of the satirist. If he were respectful, in the sense you mean it, he would no longer be amusing, nor persuasive, nor illuminating, nor sincere. Insofar as respect is an adjunct of loving-kindness, I am certain that EOTT has it in the greatest amount for our pope. Insofar respect is largely unquestioning deference to the judgement of those who stand in authority over us, it has little to do with charity and much more to do with custom, prudence, and good governance. You, Fr. Maurer, would be very far out of line to publish a piece like this. But the body of Christ has many parts, and EOTT’s duty is very different than that of a priest.

        Also… it was darned funny. I loved the Pope’s interview, but still did some knee-slapping when I saw this headline.

    • Edward Schmalz

      I am in agreement with this. This post is critical and reduces the pontiff to the level of a simple politician.

      • Emmanuel Bassil

        Three years later, a Cardinal close to Pope Francis reveals that he is doing exactly that.
        Being purposefully vague, so as to allow misinterpretation.
        It seems EOTT was right after all.

  • Good stuff. On The Remnant newspaper site Christopher Ferrara has a new essay called ‘Francis the Awesome’ which seriously analyzes this ongoing blathering.

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  • The true gift of tongues: speak and no one is able to understand… this is Babel, baby!