The new pope of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis finally dropped the bomb on our pretentious clergymen–’Catholics need to see in our actions what they hear from our lips.’
This was Pope Francis’s message to the priests in a Mass last Sunday marking the formal takeover of one of the Vatican’s basilicas. Simply put, Pope Francis is telling the priests to walk the talk.
It has been highly publicized that Pope Francis lives a humble and frugal life and he wants to set himself as an example of that. Many times he has refused the many trappings of the papacy including living in the Vatican hotel rather than the Aposolic Palace and wearing a simple white cassock rather than a fancy vestment, which popes are known to wear.
Pope Francis says it is important for the priests to do this because it is the church’s credibility that is at stake.
Us Catholics grew up to the teaching of Christ. Being one with the poor, being a church for the poor. But seldom do we see these priests living a humble life.
Pope Francis is calling it ‘inconsistent’
“Inconsistency on the part of pastors and the faithful between what they say and what they do, between word and manner of life, is undermining the church’s credibility,” the pope told AP.
This has really given me hope about the church. Priests most especially will now be chastised in the eyes of their parishioners should they try and live against the church teachings.
The Pope’s move on reforming the Vatican and the Catholics is very much commendable. These inconsistencies have been one of the many reasons why a lot of Catholics deviate from their faith.
The priests, by whom we entrust our faith to, should really start cleaning up their acts and follow the footsteps of our Pope in order for the faithful to keep their trust.