Pope: No More Business As Usual

Posted at 11:22 AM, Nov 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-26 11:22:28-05

pope(CNN) –  Pope Francis on November 26 called for big changes in the Roman Catholic Church  including at the very top   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 in a major new statement.

“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. But Francis’ bold language and sweeping call for change are likely to surprise even those who’ve become accustomed to his unconventional papacy.

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