“Let me tell you what I hope will be the outcome of World Youth Day: I hope there will be noise. … I want you to make yourselves heard in your dioceses, I want the noise to go out, I want the Church to go out onto the streets, I want us to resist everything worldly, everything static, everything comfortable, everything to do with clericalism, everything that might make us closed in on ourselves.”
“I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!” he said, speaking off the cuff in his native Spanish. “I want to see the church get closer to the people. I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools or structures. Because these need to get out!”
ONE CAN ONLY WONDER IF THE GOOD POPE WAS MEDITATING ON THIS VERSE:
New International Version (NIV)
15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say,
NEVER FORGET THIS: Our Risen King was rejected by the status quo worshipping religous leaders of His day, who valued expediency over justice and mammon over truth, and then handed over, by those same religious leaders, to a government that regarded power more important than due process and peace more valuable than justice.
Are your religious leaders cut of the same cloth?
Is your government much the same as Imperial Rome?
If yes, then the time has come to make a really big mess …. for Christ’s sake.