|Posted on September 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM|
Well, at first glance yes. He is a good and humble man and I am sure he really wants the best for the Catholic Church. But, even in the Vatican necessary changes regarding transparency of all Catholic properties and finances is not being done as it should (we still don't know for example hoe much real estate the Church owns). Moreover, the local churches and dioceses don't seem to care much for what he preaches. Most of the wealth of the Church is still unknown - even to the bishops in charge (at least this is what we get to hear). It is save to say the Catholic Church is unbelievably rich. This is not a good thing at all if this wealth is not being used for the poor and needy - and for them alone! Just for the record: I say this because I love the Catholic Church. It simply is not enough if Pope Francis preaches the messages the media love to hear - and the Church keeps on doing her thing. The Catholic Church is so far away from being a "Church for the poor" it hurts. And sad as it is, in many aspects she also is very far away from the clear message Jesus gave us in the sermon on the mount. Yes, the Church still does many works of love and mercy and lots of individual Catholics do a tremendous job loving others in words and deeds and serving the Lord with all of their hearts, but the Church herself definitely needs very radical changes. It has been flooded with liberal red-tape guys who watered down the Catholic teaching and failed to spiritually nourish the people. Instead, they seem to have focused in many cases on very worldly things. As a fellow Catholic I call my brothers and sisters in Christ to stand up and publicly address anything and everything that is being done contrary to Christ's teaching. We need to bring the Catholic Church back to what she was planned to be - the bride of Christ!
Matthew 19:21New International Version (NIV):
"Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”"