Pope Francis has released a formal statement that some are calling his blueprint for the Catholic Church; not what the church is, but how it should be.
The 85-page document is an apostolic exhortation i.e. the Pope’s vision for the church, but not church doctrine.
The Pope addressed many issues, “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 obsessions and procedures.”
The pope also took issue with some Catholic traditions, and he believes the “we’ve always done it this way” attitude is counter-productive.
The pope clearly stated that church doors should always be open, so that those who seek God will never find a closed door.
The pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Redding, Father George Snyder, spent some time reading through the exhortation.
He said it’s a call to action.
“What this apostolic exhortation is emphasizing is a renewal, to go above and beyond what we’re already doing, and really to answer to the lives of the people, and be able to understand their hurts, their grievances.”
The Pope calls the current economic system unjust at its root and said that it killed because it’s based on survival of the fittest.
The media came under fire too.
“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”
The official title of Pope Francis' mission statement to papacy is called the “Evangelii Gaudium” or “Joy of the Gospel" in English.