Monday, October 18, 2010

Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J. "I Like The Pope!"

Fr. Thomas J. Reese, S.J.
Lucia Annunziata, formerly President of RAI itself, interviewed US Jesuit Fr Thomas J. Reese. She introduced him as a priest who had resigned as Editor-in-chief of America Magazine when Cardinal Ratzinger was elected pope. Benedict XVI canonized six new saints: two Italian, a Spaniard, a Pole, a Canadian and an Australian to whom he entrusted the Synod for the Middle East. Annunziata, who had recently interviewed rebel theologian Hans Kung, introduced her guest as "hugely important”, “high calibre” and “immensely prestigious". She clearly expected Fr Reese to tip the bucket on the Pope. But her plan backfired. Not only did Fr Reese not attack the Pope, but he matter-of-factly validated every one of his doctrinal positions. His criticisms were limited to reflecting that the Holy Father should surround himself with people who are more expert with the media. Flustered, Annunziata broached one issue after another in an increasingly pleading tone: "Surely on this matter you must differ with the Pope?” and “You must be willing to at least admit that not everyone approves of the Pope these days?" Reese smilingly parried every lunge. Finally she played her trump card: "What about the little girl in Brazil who was raped by her stepfather? Do you support even the decision to excommunicate the family who took her to an abortion clinic?" But Reese laughed pleasantly and pointed out: "I'm not an enemy of the Pope. I think he's right on all of the issues you mentioned." And then the mortal blow: "I like the Pope!" 
Link (here) to the full article at Spero News.


Anonymous said...

That's the best news on Jesuits that has been published on this site in a long time. It's hard not to like Benedict XVI. He is a great Catholic thinker and teacher and this Jesuit has been magnanimous enough to recognize it, no matter what may have happened before. God bless both.

Anonymous said...

Fr. Reese is a smart man--he knows an ambush when he sees one!

"I like the Pope": I think that was meant as a kind of joke.