In Brazil Pope Francis encouraged the young people to return to their parishes and dioceses and “make a mess”. What he meant was for them to roll up their sleeves, get involved and start living the radical gospel of Jesus Christ even if it meant turning over a few tables and upsetting preconceived expectations.
They can follow the Pope’s own example. His interview with Jesuit editor Rev. Antonio Spadaro, the editor of La Civilta Cattolica will probably succeed in making a mess for some in the church. Members of the secular press have already managed to squeeze sensational headlines out of the interview. London’s Daily Telegraph headlines “Catholic Church Could Fall Like House of Cards” while CBS online says, “Church Must Look Past Small Minded Rules” CNN Screams, “Pope Says I Am a Sinner” while the BBC misleads its readers with a first paragraph, “Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church is too focused on preaching about abortion, gay people and contraception.”
I am the official ‘pope watcher’ for the Aleteia website. When a news item of note comes up on the Holy Father it’s my job to dash off an article for Aleteia. The quote above is the start of the article I wrote for them yesterday. Go here for the rest of the article.