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If what an aging Italian atheist journalist, a long-time friend of Pope Francis, said is true, Pope Francis has just denied the divinity of Our Lord.
Here is the relevant quote, supposedly from the Pope, as reported by Eugenio Scalfari.
He says, "Francis told me, 'They are the proven proof that Jesus of Nazareth, once having become a man, was, though a man of exceptional virtues, not at all a God.'"
And further in the article, Scalfari gives his interpretation of what Pope Francis meant, based on what he calls their greatest cultural intimacy: "Pope Francis conceives Christ as Jesus of Nazareth, man, not God incarnate. Once incarnate, Jesus stops being a God and becomes a man until his death on the cross."
This is just breaking here in Rome late in the afternoon, and the Vatican communications office is sure to be inundated and publishing some response to international reporters soon.
We will let you know more as soon as we know it.