Sex and the Pope: perhaps he meant to say it for strategic reasons!
If I was a serious Pope, such as Benedict XVI and John Paul II both are, and being either of those two gentlemen thus realising that uncertain trumpets are of little use, then I would view the current state of the Anglican Church with unease.
It’s like the deck-fittings and masts of a tall ship in a storm, which have come loose: and now they threaten the survival of the rest of the boat if not jettisoned.
Perhaps he means to “widen the rift” inside Anglicanism. It could be seen as a strategic risk on one hand, but also as a way to do some much-needed tidying-up too. The Asse-Hat has consistently made an arse of himself and the Church he’s supposed to lead, for some years. The C of E has been allowed to carry on behaving like a minority sect, so perhaps the Pope thinks it’s time it was one.