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Apostate Francis Interviewer Eugenio Scalfari is Dead

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Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari has died at the age of 98 in Rome. This is being reported by the Associated Press and by Vatican News:

In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, Scalfari was the founder and editor (1976-1996) of the left-leaning Italian paper La Repubblica, the only newspaper Francis says he reads. Baptized a Catholic, Scalfari subsequently lost the Faith and became an apostate. More specifically, he became an atheist and radical liberal with a particular antipathy towards Catholicism. Here is more information:

It appears, tragically, that Scalfari died in his apostasy.

Scalfari’s name became known to a worldwide audience in the last few years after Francis kept inviting him to his residence for numerous conversations (some also by phone), interviews in which the journalist took no notes but constructed all of the “Pope’s” words from memory.

Let us recall some of the egregious things Scalfari reported Francis as having said:

It appears that Scalfari’s last interview with Francis was conducted in 2020.

In early 2016, there was a controversy over the claim that Francis had explicitly told Scalfari not to convert back to Catholicism. The conservative Novus Ordo press floated the idea of this having been a “papal” joke — no doubt, an incredibly funny one. Novus Ordo apologist Jimmy Akin gave it all the spin he could to make Francis mean the opposite of what he actually said.

Given Francis’ known track record, it would be entirely consistent with his theology and his attitude toward the supernatural in general that he would try to discourage Scalfari from becoming a Catholic once again. We recall that Francis has a habit of discouraging conversions and even of explicitly telling people they should not convert and assuring them that he does not seek their conversion to Catholicism (conversion to clean energy, on the other hand, is something he insists on!).

In 2013, the Vatican had published the first Scalfari interview on its own web site — in which Francis is quoted as declaring: “Proselytism is downright nonsense; it doesn’t make any sense” — before removing it amid controversy over the content. It was subsequently restored briefly before being removed again permanently.

Scalfari’s habit of reconstructing quotes from memory, even without notes, fit Bergoglio’s preferred mode of procedure perfectly. It allowed him to crank out all kinds of heresies, errors, and other scandalous remarks while protected under the cover of plausible deniability, since a nonagenarian journalist who doesn’t take notes can easily be dismissed as unreliable, should the need arise.

What gives the truth away, however, is the fact that Francis never lifted a finger to deny or correct anything Scalfari reported, something he would have had a strict moral obligation (under pain of mortal sin) to do, since the scandal and harm being done to souls was immense. On the contrary: The fact that he invited Scalfari back for more interviews, again and again, confirms that he was quite pleased by the apostate journalist’s reporting.

Whenever scandal ensued after the publication of another Francis interviewed conducted by Scalfari, the Vatican’s press office typically reacted evasively; for example, by pointing out that the conversation with the journalist was a private matter they had no knowledge of, or by downplaying Scalfari’s credibility. What they never explained is why Francis would continually give interviews to a journalist who habitually twists and distorts the “papal” words, to the immense scandal of the people.

After over nine years of the Bergoglian “pontificate”, we know that Francis does no less damage with calculated deeds, gestures, and omissions than with verbal communication.

In any case, the big news today is that Eugenio Scalfari is dead. We should pray that he was granted a miracle of grace shortly before being called to Judgment, and that he generously cooperated with that grace so as to die in the state of sanctifying grace, filled with Faith, hope, and charity.

If he did save his soul after all, it was certainly not because of Francis but in spite of him.

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