I confess I've yet to read the Pope's words in their entirety but what I have read thus far I find to be deeply moving and faith filled.
Let's look at the excerpt most being quoted by the secular press:
"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the Church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the Church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.
"The dogmatic and moral teachings of the Church are not all equivalent. The Church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus.
"We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. It is from this proposition that the moral consequences then flow.
"I say this also thinking about the preaching and content of our preaching. A beautiful homily, a genuine sermon must begin with the first proclamation, with the proclamation of salvation. There is nothing more solid, deep and sure than this proclamation. Then you have to do catechesis. Then you can draw even a moral consequence. But the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives. Today sometimes it seems that the opposite order is prevailing.
"The homily is the touchstone to measure the pastor’s proximity and ability to meet his people, because those who preach must recognize the heart of their community and must be able to see where the desire for God is lively and ardent. The message of the Gospel, therefore, is not to be reduced to some aspects that, although relevant, on their own do not show the heart of the message of Jesus Christ.”
That is profound. And though I don't think it's different in essence from anything we've heard in the recent past coming from the papal office, I think it'll be different in effect for two reasons.
Firstly, this Pope is able to convincingly communicate the message, not just with words, but by his being. It's a beautiful thing.
Secondly, I think the world is hungry, more hungry than ever before, for the message. She is increasingly, though there are still huge pockets of resistance, coming to grips with how empty and meaningless things are absent the hope of salvation, the peace that comes with faith, the coping mechanism that comes with belief in the triune God.
His message is aimed at me and, readers, you. Yes, you.
Will you at least lend an ear to him? I implore you to do so.
Read his entire interview and lend that ear.