Tonight CNN reported on Pope Francis in Brazil.

Today “Francis reiterated a familiar message, urging priests and higher-ups to get out their parishes and reach out to the people, especially those pushed to the margins of society.”

This sounds like a call to mission:  to go and to give, and especially to those least positioned in society with access its goods.  There seem to be decided hints of liberation theology in Francis’ words.

But this really caught my attention.  Francis commented on why the number of Catholics has been shrinking in Brazil, the country with the most Catholics in the world today.

“Perhaps the church appeared too weak, perhaps too distant from their needs, perhaps too poor to respond to their concerns, perhaps too cold, perhaps too caught up with itself, perhaps a prisoner of its own rigid formulas … perhaps the world seems to have made the church a relic of the past, unfit for new questions; perhaps the church could speak to people in their infancy but not to those come of age.”

Do you recognize that phrase?  Come of age.

Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers From Prison.  Check it out.Bonhoeffer

I am liking what Pope Francis says.

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