It is an article worth reading slowly, even somewhat prayerfully as it will provoke and challenge and given the way it will be distorted into sound bites by secular media, it is well worth spending the time and reading the original which we have set out below. At the bottom of the article we have put some links to initial reaction and analysis for you to review and read.
UPDATE I: You can download a Kindle version of the interview HERE
UPDATE IV: - yes oddly we are putting this link before all the rest as it would be a great idea to read The Parable of the Papal interview before hand to give ourselves some perspective with the strong recommendation you read the reactions and commentary AFTER reading the interview below
UPDATE II: Reactions and commentary
John Allen - NCR
Analysis and coverage from America magazine HERE (at the bottom of the page)
Poking the Pope - Fr Dwight Longenecker raises some questions on interpretation of the Popes comments and actions
NPR in the USA interview with Fr James Martin SJ
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New Yorks response
Archbishop Diarmuid Martins response HERE and HERE
Fr Thomas Reese SJ in NCR
Whispers in the Loggia
Jimmy Akin at National Catholic Register
The Confession of a Pope who came from afar - Sandro Magister
Elizabeth Scalia asks the question - "Is the world making an idol of Pope Francis?"
Reactions from the Jesuit Post (which are being updated regularily)
David Quinn - Irish Independent
Jeffrey Tucker - New Liturgical Movement
Jesuit Editors Note: This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal. Father Spadaro conducted the interview on behalf of La Civiltà Cattolica, Thinking Faith, America and several other major Jesuit journals around the world. The editorial teams at each of the journals prepared questions and sent them to Father Spadaro, who then consolidated and organised them. The interview was conducted in Italian. After the Italian text was officially approved, a team of five independent experts were commissioned to produce the English translation, which is also published by America.
Father Spadaro met the pope at the Vatican in the pope’s apartments in the Casa Santa Marta, where he has chosen to live since his election. Father Spadaro begins his account of the interview with a description of the pope’s living quarters.