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Pope Francis speaks to members of the Roman Curia at the Vatican yesterday (Vatican Media)

In his annual Christmas address to members of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis urged the Church’s governing bureaucracy to be open to change and to resist “rigid ideological positions” that prevent them from moving forward. Source: Crux. 

Speaking to members of the curia during an audience yesterday, Pope Francis stressed the need to “remain vigilant against rigid ideological positions that often, under the guise of good intentions, separate us from reality and prevent us from moving forward”.

“We are called, instead, to set out and journey, like the Magi, following the light that always desires to lead us on, at times along unexplored paths and new roads,” he said.

Referring to something he said was once told to him by a “zealous priest”, the Pope said, “It is not easy to rekindle the embers under the ashes of the Church. Today we strive to kindle passion in those who have long since lost it.”

“Sixty years after the [Second Vatican] Council, we are still debating the division between ‘progressives’ and ‘conservatives,’ while the real difference is between lovers and those who have lost that initial passion,” he said.

Every year before Christmas, Pope Francis delivers a speech to members of the Roman Curia, which he has consistently used as an occasion to offer updates on his reforms and occasionally to rap them on the knuckles for what in the past he’s said are “diseases” preventing them from doing the work of the Gospel, urging them to internal conversion.

In this year’s speech, Francis told the curia to imitate God’s style of closeness, compassion, and tenderness, and to embark on a path of faith marked by an ability to listen and discern, and an openness to journey.


Pope calls Vatican bureaucrats to resist ‘rigid ideological positions’ (By Elise Ann Allen, Crux)


Pope to Roman Curia: ‘Only those who love go forward’ (Vatican News)