I was just preparing to write a similar message, Donna, when I noticed that you had beat me to it and expressed my thought much more succinctly than I could have. Thank you.
Peter, I am glad that you and journalists everywhere are opening yourselves up to the Church. My hope, however, is that this pontificate would serve as a mirror to journalists like yourself. Francis-mania or no, papal statements like these have always been readily available to any journalist of this century who was willing to do due diligence research before publishing an article. Perhaps a principle of civil discourse that we can all learn is a commitment to letting an institution speak for itself about what it does and doesn't teach. Francis, who is always quick to refer to the teachings of his predecessors in his statements, said in a recent interview with Corriere della Sera, that he takes offense to the prevailing media narrative that his is somehow the Church's savior.
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