When some underling has to be trotted out to “explain” the real meaning of remarks made by the elderly head of an organization, it only makes the boss look like a figurehead, if not also a fool.
Such seems to be the case with something Pope Francis SAID the other day suggesting that atheists who do good can be redeemed:
The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ...