Apparently, Pope Francis left some important things unsaid in his exchange with the atheist founder of Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari. And so another interview.
I’ll have more to say on its contents later, but based on its opening paragraph, the title to the interview is appropriate:
Pope Francis told me: “The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don’t even look for them any more. They have been crushed by the present. You tell me: can you live crashed under the weight of the present? Without a memory of the past and without the desire to look ahead to the future by building something, a future, a family? Can you go on like this? This, to me, is the most urgent problem that the Church is facing.”
Youth unemployment? Lonely old folks? This is the most serious of evils afflicting the world?
No humanism here folks, move on.