Pope Francis and the Catholic Church problems
The Catholic Church has plenty of problems. Pope Francis visit to Rio de Janeiro during the World Youth Journey was a success. It showed that Pope Francis is not only charismatic, but truly connected to the social problems that affect humanity.
The church grew in the early centuries due to its option for the poor, and Pope Francis, following San Francisco, from whom he has inherited the name, intends to direct the Church on the same line.
Will Pope Francisco be able to reform the Church? I don’t doubt his intentions, but I question his ability to bend an ossified structure, full of vices and scandals. I wish him good luck, and I cheer for him. However, I question the conservatism of Pope Francis.
Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychologist, said that human beings are essentially religious and keep within their unconscious an archetype - the Image of God. The problem is that this Image of God is not static. It evolves with time. See my article “The Evolution of God.” Jung was heavily criticized by the Vatican when he wrote his book “Answer to Job” in which he called attention to the evolution of God.
The Evolution of the Image of God demands that the Catholic Church also evolve to avoid losing relevance. Pope Francis has to make the choice for poor, but has to change the Church thinking about marriage of priests, homosexuality, limitation of children with the use of artificial methods and other issues.
I discuss in detail the problems of the church in other articles in this blog, which you can access on “A brief, very brief history of Christianity.”
This brief history covers the early centuries, but reflecting on its impact in the XXI century. The subject,will be divided into six parts, as below (click the title to reach each of the articles)