The Secular Meaning of Pope Francis

James Carroll in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, February 14, 2016:

“[Pope Francis] doesn’t lead by exhortation, much less command. He leads by invitation. And what he’s inviting is a change in the way we think of our own existence, which of course includes the way we think of God. He has put it into words this way: ‘The first reform,’ he says, ‘is not in the structures of the church or structures of belief or doctrine. The first reform must be in our attitude.’ If we can change our attitude about our experience and our situation, everything follows from that.”

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