The Pope is serene, in the Vatican there is bitter disappointment and restlessness

The Pope is serene, despite the difficulties. Among the collaborators in the Vatican, there still remains some “disappointment” and “restlessness”.

Sep 15, 2018

By Andres Beltramo Álvarez
The Pope is serene, despite the difficulties. Among the collaborators in the Vatican, there still remains some “disappointment” and “restlessness”. With these words, the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, comments for the first time on the Pontiff and the Roman Curia about the 11-page document which was circulated by the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Carlo Maria Viganò.

The document has gaps and inconsistencies — which have already been singled out. The pace of work in the Holy See has not changed.

What is the Holy Father doing after these difficult last days?
“I have seen a statement from the Vatican Press Office that says the Pope is serene. From what I’ve seen (these days, I’ve been with him during and after the trip to Ireland) he seems serene. The Pope has a great grace, even in the face of these things that obviously create so much bitter disappointment as well as much restlessness. But he has the ability to keep a very serene approach.”

Was it so difficult to travel to Ireland, as some media say? The trip would have focused on the World Meeting of Families, but the Pope turned his attention to the sexual abuse of children...
“To tell the truth, I did not perceive any particular difficulties; it is true, as you say, that the focus was mainly on the theme of abuse, which was lateral with regard to the theme of the family, but after what had happened, it was also normal, natural that there was this kind of attention. It seems to me that the Pope has taken a very clear position on this, but I, personally, have not perceived any difficulties.”

And how are you experiencing this problem? Bearing in mind that Carlo Maria Viganò has worked with you for a long time.
“It is not possible to express anything but pain in the face of these things, great pain. I hope that we will all work in the search for truth and justice, they shall be our points of reference and nothing else. Certainly, the situation is not at all worrying.”

What can you say about the text of the former Nuncio? Is it right? Is this wrong?
“It is better not to go into detail about these things. I repeat what the Pope said: read it and make your own judgment. The text speaks for itself.” --La Stampa

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