Neither the Vatican or the Vicariate can clarify that there was no error.
Also no priest or religious has been able to cite doctrine in defense of the Cushing error made by Pope Francis.
This throws a whole new light on the canonisation of Pope John XXIII, who was a traditionalist and gave us a traditional Vatican Council II on the issue of other religions and ecumenism.He initiated a Vatican Council II in accord with Fr.Leonard Feeney of Boston and not Cardinal Richard Cushing, the Archbishop.
No Catholic has issued a statement defending the pope by saying that there are known exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.
Nor has anyone said that there are known exceptions to Ad Gentes 7 and Lumen Gentium 14 , Vatican Council II which says all need faith and baptism for salvation. All need to enter the Church as through a door.(AG 7,CCC 846).
So according to Pope John Paul II's Vatican Council II all non Catholics, in general, are oriented to the fires of Hell unless they convert visibly (with faith and baptism) into the Catholic Church.Christians have the baptism of water but do not have Catholic Faith.They do not have the Sacraments or the knowledge on faith and morals ,and so they live in mortal sin.
Since Pope Francis uses the error of Cushingism to believe that all do not need to convert into the Church because there are known exceptions, he is unable to say that all Jews need to convert into the Church for salvation.This was the important point he left out in interview to the anti Catholic newspaper La Repubblica.
He also could not tell the atheistic editor that God allows only Catholics into Heaven, according to Vatican Council II(AG 7,LG 14). The Catholic Church is the only and ordinary means of salvation(Redemptoris Missio 55).
It is possible that a non Catholic can be saved however this is hypothetical, we do not know any defacto case nor can ever know.Also this non Catholic could be saved by God sending a preacher to him and baptising him before death, as St.Thomas Aquinas mentioned. So there are only Catholics in Heaven.These theoretical cases are possibilities but not exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus or to Vatican Council II (AG /,LG 14) etc.
The pope did not also tell La Reppublica that conscience can be good or bad, formed or unformed. Hitler and Obama could have been following their conscience. So just following ones conscience cannot be enough for salvation.A person who lives in mortal sin, even after being informed is going to Hell, whatever be his conscience.The reality of sin on the soul does not change (the Sacraments are needed) and the demons will call upon God's justice at the Particular Judgement.The reality of Hell also does not change.
In the letter to La Reppublica the pope affirmed Jesus without the necessity of being a member of the Catholic Church. Vatican Council II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church do not separate Jesus from the Church. The pope also contradicts Dominus Iesus of Pope John Paul II.
Inter religious dialogue and ecumenism in the future must realize that all non Catholics and non Christians are on the way to Hell, according to Catholic doctrine, before and after Vatican Council II, and there are no known exceptions in 2013.Inter religious dialogue and ecumenism are welcome but they must be a part of Catholic Mission. This was the understanding of Pope John Paul II who will be canonized with Pope John XXIII.
In the interview with the Jesuit magazine the pope criticized the 'political ideology' of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM). He is using a false premise of being able to see the dead, when he interprets Vatican Council II, so a liberal theology emerges which is leftist. The TLM theology does not use this premise of being able to see the dead saved in invincible ignorance , the baptism of desire etc. The TLM or the Novus Ordo Mass is non political in itself. It is the use of the premise in the interpretation of magisterial documents which makes the theology of the Mass political for the pope.
Pope Francis, according to the hierarchy of truths of Pope John Paul II, is in first class heresy, for denying a defined dogma and the infallibility of the pope ex cathedra.He is denying the ex cathedra teachings of past popes,which Pope Pius XII called an 'infallible stratement' when he referred to 'the dogma'.(Letter of the Holy Office 1949). He is rejecting the Nicene Creed, 'I believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sin' for 'I beleive in three or more known baptisms for the forgiveness of sin, water, desire, blood, invincible ignorance etc'. He is also denying the Athanasius Creed by suggesting outside the church there is known salvation.
No cardinal, bishop of Vatican official denies these blog posts which state that the pope has made a factual error and is doing theology with this mistake, which results in non traditional, heresy which is not part of the Deposit of the Faith.Pope Francis is respected as our pope and he can make the corrections in future and 'set the record straight'.
We cannot say that this is a left wing or right wing issue. It's a fact of life that we cannot see the dead. So for the pope or the Vatican to imply, it is possible, for instance when interpreting Vatican Council II and other magisterial documents, would be irrational, a falsehood and a sin.
Pope Francis is interpreting magisterial documents with an objective error : he is using a dead man walking and visible theory