Living Gospel Equality Now: Loving in the Heart of God: Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Pope Francis: On Clericalism and the Holy Faithful People of God//National Catholic Reporter
is good for us to remember that the Church is not an elite of priests, of
consecrated people, of bishops -- but that everyone forms the Holy Faithful
People of God," states Francis.
pontiff then says that he cannot reflect on the role of laypeople in the church
"ignoring one of the greatest deformations that Latin America must confront, and
to which I ask you to give special attention: clericalism."
attitude not only cancels out the personality of Christians, but tends to
diminish and undervalue the baptismal grace that the Holy Spirit has placed in
the heart of our people," states Francis.
brings about a homogenization of the layperson, treating as 'mandatory' limits
to his or her diverse initiatives and efforts, and I would dare to say, the
audacity necessary to bring the Good News of the Gospel to all places of social
and overall political activity," he continues.
far from giving impulse to diverse contributions and proposals, turns off,
little by little, the prophetic fire from which the entire Church is called to
give testimony in the heart of its peoples," says Francis. "Clericalism forgets
that the visibility and the sacramentality of the Church belongs to all the
people of God and not only an elect or illuminated few."
Francis: Spirit works in laypeople, 'is not property of the hierarchy'