Pope Francis' Mission Statement: A "Bruised, Hurting and Dirty Church"

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Pope Francis issued a mission statement for his papacy that outlined his hope that the church would become more merciful to the needy and less "confined and clinging to its own security."

Pope Francis issued a mission statement for his papacy that outlined his hope that the Catholic Church would become more merciful to the needy and less “confined and clinging to its own security.” According to USA Today, Francis’ 85-page document aimed at explaining his hope to reform the church into a more missionary organization that “gets its hands dirty” for the sake of the poor and oppressed in a world that prizes profit over people.

“I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,” he wrote. “I do not want a church concerned with being at the center and then ends up by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures.”

He added: “More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us, ‘Give them something to eat.'”

He even addressed the priests’ boring and “sourpuss” preaching, torturous confession, and their elitist attitudes in their churches. He hoped that women would develop a greater decision-making role in the church, although he stopped short of women’s ordination. 

“The church, as the agent of evangelization, is more than an organic hierarchical institution; she is first and foremost a people advancing on its pilgrim way towards God,” he wrote. “Excessive centralization, rather than proving helpful, complicates the church’s life and her missionary outreach.”

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  • John Morcos

    Excellent!

  • John Morcos

    Excellent!

  • ixoye

    When the Protestants repent for slave running during the colonial times, and when the evangelicals and protestants return land stolen from the Indian Nations during the European migration . . . blah – blah – blah . . . that’s what you sound like. Just another voice pointing a useless finger.

  • alhatesreligion

    Why do we condemn so quickly-this could be a re-birth in ideology. We make it seem like protestants have done or do all things right.

  • http://nwu.academia.edu/DejoOlowu Afrikan Eagle

    Better to start from somewhere. This Pope Francis is doing well.

  • Bushman

    I think you are right David i also see it as the final push of deception before the end. GOD says in HIS word that salvation is only through HIS Son JESUS CHRIST and not through works,sacraments,good deeds or believing in a church etc. It is sad that people will stand up for his church but not for JESUS CHRIST the KING of KINGS and the LORD of LORDS. They will let people use HIS Name as a swear word but talk bad about his/her church than they defend their church strongly even fight you.

  • http://www.bwesley.blogspot.com/ Bernell

    How could serving the very people Jesus came to save be “deception”? “Re-birth in ideology”??not really. If anything Pope Francis is embracing and boldly declaring what Jesus left as a mandate to His Church. To take care of His sheep. Jesus had something to say to those who confessed to know Him but failed to be obedient to His world; “depart from me you workers of iniquity for I never knew you”. This man has shown more compassion than I have seen in a long time from most religious leaders. If the spirit of the anti-Christ is anywhere it is present in the modern church with its church growth marketing approach which helps nobody but a few select pastors who invest the tithes and offerings of their congregations to support so-called foreign missions but neglect the suffering in their own churches and communities. God looks at the heart not the denomination. If the Pope heart is on the poor I believe God supports him. As for relics and treasures, most European countries should also release their stolen trophies. Besides the pope didn’t start the culture of acquiring treasures or in relics…His In Service

  • well

    That’s an awesome observation !

  • Edward M. Ogundo

    Great observation David. Christ was against religiosity and cultic practices. The Catholics’ eyes must be opened now through the spirit of the good Lord. And the world will only reform and prosper through our faith in this good Lord not by the observance of religious laws and occultism.