Pope Francis once again shocks the world, especially the Roman Catholics, with his statements from his recent interview conducted by Eugenio Scalfari editor of La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper.
The Pope had once again made it clear that there are certain practices within the Roman Catholic Church that he seeks to change including what he calls the “Vatican-centric view”. This Vatican-centric view, according to him, neglects the world around us. He does not share this view and he intends to do his best to change it. He also said that the Church should go back to being a community of God’s people, and priests, pastors and bishops who have the care of souls, are at the service of the people of God.
He said that the purpose of the mission of the Church is actually to identify the material and immaterial needs of the people and try to meet them as they can. Agape he said is the love of each one of us for the other, from the closest to the furthest, is in fact the only way that Jesus has given us to find the way of salvation and of the Beatitudes.”
But the statement that shocked the world was, “And I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator”.
The Pope had also commented regarding the interviewer’s statement that practicing Catholics and Christians are becoming a minority. Pope Francis said that being a minority is actually an advantage.
“We have to be a leavening of life and love and the leavening is infinitely smaller than the mass of fruits, flowers and trees that are born out of it. I believe I have already said that our goal is not to proselytize but to listen to needs, desires and disappointments, despair, hope. We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace. Vatican II, inspired by Pope Paul VI and John, decided to look to the future with a modern spirit and to be open to modern culture. The Council Fathers knew that being open to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-believers. But afterwards very little was done in that direction. I have the humility and ambition to want to do something”
Ever since he was inaugurated into Papacy last March 19, 2013, Pope Francis had proven that he has different views with regards to sensitive issues such us atheism and homosexuality. His more liberal and lenient takes on these subject matters were evident in his previously conducted interviews.