Pope Francis’ vision of the church

Another lengthy and fascinating interview with Pope Francis was released recently. A couple of interesting quotes:

Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us. Sometimes after a meeting I want to arrange another one because new ideas are born and I discover new needs. This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.

And here:

I believe I have already said that our goal is not to proselytize but to listen to needs, desires and disappointments, despair, hope. We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.

And here:

And I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator.

And here, speaking of the saint from whom he took his papal name:

Francis wanted a mendicant order and an itinerant one. Missionaries who wanted to meet, listen, talk, help, to spread faith and love. Especially love. And he dreamed of a poor Church that would take care of others, receive material aid and use it to support others, with no concern for itself. 800 years have passed since then and times have changed, but the ideal of a missionary, poor Church is still more than valid. This is still the Church that Jesus and his disciples preached about.

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4 thoughts on “Pope Francis’ vision of the church

  1. There is a good article on understanding what the Pope is saying at Catholic Culture.org.
    The Francis, who many think is changing everything is simply upholding, teaching and promoting what the RCC has always taught. It is the Protestant misunderstanding of Roman Catholic teaching that causes the confusion.

    1. Thanks for the resource. Is it safe to say, though, that his emphasis is different? Even he seems to acknowledge that in this interview.

  2. When the Pope say,” Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense” he is not condemning the RCC way of proselytism. He is critical of the way proselytism is done in the CC outside of the RCC and/or done incorrectly by Roman Catholics. The statement could easily be taken as a criticism of the way the Protestant Church evangelize.

    Pope Francis is fully Roman Catholic. Which is why he is able to communicate and open doors with those that oppose RCC teaching at the same time he is excommunicating those that break RCC law. Something the UMC may want or need to learn. It is no different than what the Apostle Paul did and is recorded in the book of Corinthians.

    You are welcome. I think Pope Francis is taking control of the issues that divide and redirecting the conversation. That is what is new.
    Hosea 4:6 was never more applicable than it is today in the CC.
    “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge……”

    1. Now that I give it some thought………..
      Here we have Pope Francis taking the lead and control.
      It is what we as request and demand.
      Leaders, accountability and justice and at the same we criticize any work that they try to do.
      It reminds me of the Jewish Nation in the OT that demands a king in 1 Samuel 8: 4-7.
      What a mess. 🙂

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