The Vatican is forced to deny that the Pope questioned the divinity of Christ
- Journalist Eugenio Scalfari claimed that Pope Francis said that Christ is not the incarnate God
- Vatican insisted that this & # 39; could not be considered as a true representation of what was said & # 39;
- Atheist Scalfari has previously claimed that Pope Francis has denied the existence of hell
The Vatican denied a claim that Pope Francis questioned the divinity of Christ and insisted that comments from an Italian journalist are not a true report of what was actually said.
In a Wednesday statement, Matteo Bruni said that & # 39; all words & # 39; that Eugenio Scalfari attributed to the Holy Father in quotation marks & # 39; instead & # 39; be a personal and free interpretation of what he heard & # 39 ;.
Bruni, the director of the press office of the Holy See, added: & # 39; As has been said on other occasions, the words Dr. Eugenio Scalfari attributes to the Holy Father during quotation marks, not to be considered as a faithful representation of what was actually said, but to represent a personal and free interpretation of what he heard, as it is perfectly clear from what is written today regarding the divinity of Jesus Christ & # 39 ;.
The Vatican has denied a claim that Pope Francis (photo) questioned the divinity of Christ
The explanation comes after Scalfari, 95, wrote in a column for La Repubblica that & # 39; Pope Francis sees Christ as Jesus of Nazareth, a man, not the incarnated God & # 39 ;, Catholic press agency reported.
In the article, Scalfari – who is known to make no notes in interviews – did not claim that he had recently spoken with Pope Francis, only that he had previously discussed the matter with him.
If the pope had made this statement as reported by Scalfari, it would mean that he would have directly contradicted the Catholic belief that Jesus is the incarnate God.
Dr. Paolo Ruffini, the prefect of the Dicastery for Communications, also commented on the article after a special meeting of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon on Thursday.
A statement from the director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni insisted that Eugenio Scalfari's comments do not faithfully reflect what was actually said & # 39;
According to the Catholic herald, Ruffini denied that Pope Francis had ever said & what Scalfari wrote that he said & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; About this, as you know, there has already been a clear denial by the director of the press service, Dr. Bruni. However, I want to repeat that the Holy Father never said what Scalfari wrote that he said.
& # 39; Therefore, both the cited comments and the free reconstruction and interpretation by Dr. Scalfari of the colloquies – who go back more than two years ago – are not considered to be a faithful representation of what the Pope said.
& # 39; And that will sooner be found in the entire teaching authority of the church and that of Pope Francis, on Jesus: true God and true man. & # 39;
Scalfari previously claimed that Pope Francis had denied the existence of hell – which the Vatican was again forced to deny. He later admitted that some of the quotes that translated this claim were not shared by Pope Francis & # 39 ;.
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