The Vatican's Communication Strategy is No Accident!
I'm inclined to agree. Cardinal Bernardin used to do the same thing. He'd articulate a teaching of the Church and then make a statement about conscience or some other point to undermine the doctrine and imply that ignoring the doctrine was fine. Bernardin-watchers got used to the tactic.
Francis like Joseph is cut from the same cloth and, like Edward Pentin and Steve Skojec say, it doesn't appear to be an accident. One can almost see the fifth columnists meeting in their strategy session saying,
"Hey, Frank, throw a bone to the trads by saying abortion is a horrendous evil and than heap praise on former abortionist politician Emma Bonino. That will keep everybody off balance.... Oh, and be sure to describe contraception as a lesser evil....Yes, and be sure to throw in another comment about the evil of being rigid and unforgiving. That always makes them look hysterical when they defend themselves.None of this should surprise us. It was predicted by Our Lady at Quito Ecuador in the 16th century and at Akita in the 20th. We are the witnesses to the prophecies' fulfillment. Our reaction, of course, must not be fear or anxiety, but prayer and penance. No matter what happens at the Vatican, the Holy Spirit will stay with the Church. Embrace doctrine, cling to the Eucharist and to Our Lady. Our boats may be in stormy seas, but we will never be capsized as long as we are anchored there.