It is very unusual for a church leader to encourage followers to shake things up within the church, but these were the marching orders Pope Francis I gave to three million young people last week in Buenos Aires:
I want to see the church get closer to the people. I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools or structures, because these need to get out…Don’t forget: make trouble.
My brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church may be debating the exact nature of the trouble to which the pontiff is calling the faithful. But I hope believers in every corner of the Body of Christ consider what kind of mess God to which may be inviting them in their own local churches. [Read more]