In a brutally honest interview to an Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica, Pope Francis expressed his willingness and determination to reform the old-fashioned and rigid ways of the Roman Catholic Church. The Holy Father denounced the Church’s administration by calling it ‘narcissistic’ and ‘Vatican-centric.’
He also began landmark meetings on Tuesday with a group of top cardinals he selected in April to help him rewrite the apostolic constitution written by Pope John Paul II in 1988. According to the Pope, it only focuses on the its ‘temporal’ interests and ‘neglects the world around it.’
Pope Francis reportedly called the editor of La Repubblica, Eugenio Scalfari and fixed their meeting. Although the interview covered several issues surrounding the Vatican and its churchmen, the Pope emphasized on how the narrow-mindedness of some leaders of the Church negatively affected the image of the religious institution.
“Heads of the Church have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers.” he told Scalfari.
“This Vatican-centric view neglects the world around us. I do not share this view and I'll do everything I can to change it,” the Pope added.
Pope Francis soon after his election appeared to be on a mission to restore the deteriorating image of the Vatican which was, and to some extent still is, surrounded by many controversies including child sexual abuse scandals.
He made expressed tolerance towards the gay community and support for atheists. He was widely appreciated for washing the feet of prisoners in March and when he promised to personally baptize a woman’s illegitimate child in September. He also slammed the Catholic Church for its obsession with moral issues like abortion, contraception and homosexuality and urged the Vatican to be more welcoming.
Pope Francis was eventually billed as the ‘People’s Pope’ and it seems he indeed is. Don’t you think?
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