After weeks of protest and prayer from faithful Catholics (examples of mine here 1 and here 2), it seems that “the Scalfari interview” has finally been removed from the pope’s speeches at the Vatican website!
This is a fabulous answer to prayer! On the one hand it makes much of my recent polemics irrelevant, but on the other hand it makes them all the more justified. I think I knew that this change was inevitable, so I printed out an English copy of the interview (11/2/13), just to have something to remember old Scalfari by, now that he’s been thrown even further under the bus.
I took that screen capture on October 6, but in the following weeks four other translations were added. Now it’s all gone. I may have missed an official statement about this, and a correction may be upcoming (dry cough), but short of that, I believe that this Orwellian erasure will go unheralded in the larger Catholic blogosphere.
I have already explained how problematic the pope’s own regret over the Scalfari interview is for soft-ultramontanist water-carriers, but this stealthy retraction only nails the coffin shut on their “Catholic” obeisance. The pope himself, and now even the molasses-like gear work of the Vatican, has renounced the Scalfari interview as beneath the dignity of the Vicar of Christ. This means that every insipid defense of “there is no Catholic God” must go out the window; that all arguments defending the pope’s reference to the desire to convert others as “downright nonsense” must be spurned; and that all vapid defenses of “everyone has his own idea of good and evil” must be chucked. And so on, and so forth.
And so on.
And so forth.
Will we hear any of this from the leading lights of Catholic blogdom? Don’t count on it.
I’ve spent weeks trying to explain why the Scalfari interview, if nothing else, rightly offends any informed Catholic soul (and I’m not the only one)–and yet at the same time I’ve been talked down to as if I were a chimpanzee troglodyte in a sandbox with crayons, and have been reassured in the most patronizing tones that it all makes perfectly orthodox sense, if I would just stop scribbling my ideological Pelagianism on the walls, pharisaical older brother that I am.
The Vatican has quietly retracted that disaster of an interview, which once went out to the world in six languages, and presumably I–.
Well, you know the rest.
Keep praying, kiddos.