Well that is a relief! Pope Francis has not abolished sin. Father Z gives us the details:
Sometimes the truth is weirder than fiction.
I saw it first at Newsmax and hunted up the links.
On 30 December atheist editor of La Reppublica, Eugenio Scalfari, wrote in an editorial piece entitled ”La Rivoluzione di Francesco – Ha abolito il peccato … “Francis’ Revolution – He abolished sin” HERE
(You will recall that Scalfari printed an “interview” with Pope Francis, during which he didn’t record anything or make notes and subsequently got a bunch of things wrong, cooked up in his ideologized imagination. The Holy See, ridiculously, put the interview on the Vatican website as if it were some sort of magisterial document and later took it down. Bottom line: Scalfari gets it wrong… a lot.)
Fr. Lombardi, the papal spokesman, responded that the Pope really didn’t abolish sin. HERE
Scalfari responds to the response. HERE Thus, they sell more newspapers.
Newsmax reports it this way:
Vatican Stresses That Pope Has Not Abolished Sin
The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had “abolished sin”, after a well-known Italian intellectual wrote that he had effectively done so through his words and gestures.
The singular exchange began on Sunday when Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article titled “Francis’ Revolution: He has abolished sin”.
Scalfari, who held a long private conversation with the pope earlier this year and wrote about it several times, concluded in the complex, treatise-like article that Francis believed sin effectively no longer existed because God’s mercy and forgiveness were “eternal”. [In your dreams, Gene ol’ buddy, ol’ shoe.]
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio that “this affirmation that the pope has abolished sin” was wrong.
“Those who really follow the pope daily know how many times he has spoken about sin and our (human) condition as sinners,” Lombardi said.
Go here to read the rest. Jesuits, in my experience, tend to be prolix and relish ambiguity. Neither are helpful to a pope.