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Pope Francis and the Catholic Church problems

Pope Francis and the Christ in Rio

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

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)

1. Jesus  Early Years

2. Birth of Christianity.

3. Christianity without Jesus.

4. Gnosticism

5. Why Christianity is losing strength

6. The New Christianity, Gnosticism and Jung

I’m Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian. I write Jungian books –  The Jungian BibleThe Little Prince for Grownups — and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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