Pope Francis on Tuesday called for major changes in the Roman Catholic Church - from the top down - saying he knows it will be a messy business but he expects his flock to dive in feet-first.
"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security," the Pope said Tuesday in a major new address.
"I do not want a Church concerned with being at the center and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures."
The Pope's address, called an "apostolic exhortation," is basically a pep talk from the throne of St. Peter. Officially known in Latin as "Evangelii Gaudium," (The Joy of the Gospel) the 85-page document is the first official papal document written entirely by Francis.
“I really appreciate that Pope Francis is saying the Church, too, needs to be converted and that we all need to change. And part of that change is giving women a place of authority, of responsibility, of inclusion in the decisions that are made.”
Father Dave Dwyer, host of SiriusXM's "The Busted Halo Show" comments on the Pope Francis' criticism of clericalism.
“He says, the vast majority of the church are laypeople and we who are clerics are here to serve and so if we get into the mind set of power or authority or nice positions, he said, then the church turns into a museum. The joy of the Gospel is not to be kept from anyone he says.”