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This page comprises or includes a number of well publicised reports, quotes and statements attributed to Pope Francis. Most of the statements give cause for great hope for the future of the Church. Catholics for Renewal advocates to ensure that these inspiring insights are reflected in positive action reforming Church practice and governance.
Pope Francis’ Address at Commemorative Ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the Synod of Bishops, October 17 2015 linked Here .
Speaking in a meeting with members of the clergy of Naples on 21 March 2015, Pope Francis said "Who gossips is a terrorist that throws a bomb and destroys," he exclaimed loudly. "Gossip destroys. Speak of differences face-to-face." Some earlier quotes follow:
1. Pope Francis calls for big changes in Roman Catholic Church
By Daniel Burke, CNN, 26 November 2013
Pope Francis on Tuesday called for major changes in the Roman Catholic Church -- from the top down -- saying he knows it will be a messy business but he expects his flock to dive in feet-first.
"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," the Pope said Tuesday in a major new address.
"I do not want a Church concerned with being at the center and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures."
The Pope's address, called an "apostolic exhortation," is basically a pep talk from the throne of St. Peter. Officially known in Latin as "Evangelii Gaudium," (The Joy of the Gospel) the 85-page document is the first official papal document written entirely by Francis (more).
2. Pope Francis: without prophecy, only clericalism from From News.va 16 December 2013 (source)
(Vatican Radio) A church without prophets falls into the trap of clericalism. These were the words of Pope Francis during his homily at Mass on Monday morning in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta.
Commenting on the day’s readings, Pope Francis said a prophet is someone who listens to the words of God, who reads the spirit of the times, and who knows how to move forward towards the future. True prophets, the Pope said, hold within themselves three different moments: past, present, and future. They keep the promise of God alive, they see the suffering of their people, and they bring us the strength to look ahead.
God looks after his people, the Pope continued, by giving them prophets in the hardest times, in the midst of their worst suffering. But when there is no spirit of prophecy amongst the people of God, we fall into the trap of clericalism.
In the Gospel, for example, the priests ask Jesus: “With what authority do you do these things? We are the masters of the Temple!” They didn’t understand the prophecy, Pope Francis said, they had forgotten the promise. They didn’t know how to read the spirit of the times, they didn’t listen to the words of God, they had only their authority.
When there is no prophecy amongst the people of God, the emptiness that is created gets filled by clericalism. All memory of the past and hope for the future are reduced only to the present: no past promise, no future hope. But when clericalism reigns supreme, Pope Francis said, the words of God are sorely missed, and true believers weep because they cannot find the Lord.
As we prepare for the birth of the Lord, Pope Francis concluded, let us pray: “Lord, let us not lack prophets amongst your people!” All those who are baptised are prophets: let us not forget God’s promise, let us not tire of moving forward.
3. Francis: "Jesus did not have to come to teach us good manners"
Consistory, Feb. 22, 2014
Dear brother Cardinals. A Cardinal – I say this especially to you – enters the Church of Rome, my brothers, not a royal court. May all of us avoid, and help others to avoid, habits and ways of acting typical of a court: intrigue, gossip, cliques, favouritism and partiality. May our language be that of the Gospel: “yes when we mean yes; no when we mean no”; may our attitudes be those of the Beatitudes, and our way be that of holiness. Let pray once more: “Merciful Father, by your help, may we be ever attentive to the voice of the Spirit”.
4. Pope Francis’ plan for reform: Convert the church
Extract from David Gibson, Religion News Service, National Catholic Reporter, 10 March 2014
.....Church leaders and Vatican insiders say the 77-year-old Francis is really focused on a more ambitious (and perhaps more difficult) goal: overhauling and upending the institutional culture of Catholicism. Francis, they say, is bent on converting the church, as it were, so that the faith is positioned to flourish in the future no matter who follows him to the throne of St. Peter (more).
- and some other quotes:
Five things we learned about Pope Francis
Summary of America magazine reports by The Diocese if Springfield-Cape Girardeau, The Roman Catholic Church of Southern Missouri. U.S. (here)