Saturday, October 5, 2013

Pope Francis' encouragement

Given the closetful of cassocks the Vatican has amassed over the centuries, it seems unlikely that Pope Francis' encouragement to shun "vanity, arrogance and pride" will attain an actualized liftoff within the ranks of the power-prone hierarchy of the church.

But it is pleasant to hear some reference to the people among whom Jesus once traveled. "A church that is poor and for the poor" may not solve the systemic separations and depredations the church has instigated or taken part in, but it is pleasant, if not always wise, to hope.
PS. I found it a small measure of concrete encouragement that "Francis spoke impromptu after putting aside prepared versions of two speeches, clearly moved by the sick and the poor people present in the room." (Emphasis added).

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