Magazine article Anglican Journal

Trouble in the Dioceses

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Trouble in the Dioceses

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In summer 2002, I took a communications job in the north end of Toronto. Daily, I encountered scores of Roman Catholic World Youth Day pilgrims and found myself regularly giving directions to Downsview Park, where the event was held. I can only imagine how that World Youth Day--like many of our own pilgrimages and missions trips--caused both disorientation and reorientation for those young Catholic pilgrims.

I can only imagine how such experiences will reverberate, following this July's global gathering of youth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Two days into the event, Pope Francis was overheard saying to a group of pilgrims: "What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses! I want to see the church get closer to the people. I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools or structures."

News spread around the world. The Pope was preaching the kind of trouble that comes when the whole people of God do what Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church suggested at Joint Assembly--we are called to get up, get out and get lost in God's mission to the world. …

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