What is to gain by lying in the name of the Pope?

Hugo Chávez, President since 1999.

Hugo Chávez, President since 1999. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the weekend, a link to a transcript of a supposed interview with then Cardinal Bergoglio by an leftist, atheist reporter. It was heralded by diocese in the United Kingdom and then unpublished. It includes tidbits like this:

REPORTER: You are opposed to all government?

BERGOGLIO: No of course not. But it isn’t the seat of wisdom in any society I’ve seen in my life. The best government was created by the Americans, in which they admitted that people are “endowed by their creator” and most of the administration of society was left to the relationship between God and man. However, slowly that has been eroded by the atheists on the left, who would replace man’s relationship with God with a new relationship with an opportunist like Hugo Chavez.

And…

REPORTER: So the game is over. Checkmate?

BERGOGLIO: Friend, I’ve been studying America this month, before the Pope chose to resign. You must not have fear at speaking the truth. It is for the salvation of souls and the recovery of Thomas Jefferson’s people. America must not fall to the new painted communism. Even the low information voters don’t want America to be sold into slavery. I pray they cast out the money changers in their government! What manner of government is there that condones sin? Abomination upon abomination–giving monies for the murder of children, giving monies for the murder of the elderly! You are an American. Your government, My child, has been infiltrated by men of sin.

Did Pope Francis really say that socialism causes misery, and that America is heading towards a form of communism? – Telegraph Blogs.

This sounds more like World Net Daily than the new Pope. While I am no expert on the new Pope, waiting anxiously for his autobiography, his words thus far do not comport well with this.

The transcript has been unpublished now and is near to complete retraction from what it looks like. However, I must wonder what or who it benefits for such an interview. The leftist/atheist report would benefit from turning many away from the service suggested by Pope Francis.

Post By Joel Watts (10,072 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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