He said what? Part II

A subscriber in the Virginia capital alerted Richmond Catholic to the front page story in the Times-Dispatch on Pope Francis’ “Gay Priest” comments. The article combines the Francis3reporting of the AP’s Nicole Winfield with giddy quotes from Catholic Virginian editor Steve Neill and a Richmond gay activist gathered by a local reporter. The activist is quick to address “confusion” about gay priests and clerical sexual abuse. Like most of the reporting about Francis’ remarks, the article adds to the fog that surrounds the scandal. There is also an implied rebuke of the stern measures taken by Francis’ predecessor.

Meanwhile, the indispensible Father Z today posted an excellent analysis of what Pope Francis actually said during his in-flight chat — and of the wishful thinking that has followed.

And what of Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond? Richmond Catholic suspects that, regardless of his spokesman’s enthusiasm for the supposed “new tone,” the good bishop will maintain the reputation he earned in Hawaii by establishing the American church’s first “zero tolerance” policy and for dealing decisively with cabals — or “lobbies,” to use the Holy Father’s term.

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