Journalist describes Pope’s ‘battle’ to reform Church

Christopher Lamb delivers his lecture in Sydney on July 5 (Parramatta Diocese)

Pope Francis is helping to “reshape the Church for the third millennium”, British journalist Christopher Lamb said during his recent visit to Australia. Source: Catholic Outlook.

Lamb, who was in Australia to observe proceedings at the second assembly of the Plenary Council, delivered a public lecture titled ‘The Outsider Pope: Where is Francis leading our Church’, hosted by Parramatta Diocese on July 5.

Lamb is the Vatican correspondent from The Tablet, and his latest book, The Outsider: Pope Francis and His Battle to Reform the Church, draws on his close observations of Pope Francis and his efforts to renew the Catholic Church.

He said the Pope’s consistent and relentless focus on a lived, authentic Christianity has stirred up some arguments against him.

“How can a pope both make an incredible global impact, yet also arise intense opposition at the same time? And can he succeed in the battle for Church reform?” he asked.

“At its heart, the Francis pontificate is an attempt to implement a Gospel-based reform of the Church by applying the essentials of the Christian faith. It is rooted in a deep trust in the action of the Holy Spirit to update and renew the Church, including its structures.”

Lamb described how the Pope got his “outsider” moniker – by being from the "Global South", having not worked or studied in Rome ahead of his election and by choosing to model his pontificate on St Francis of Assisi.

“This Pope, like St Francis, seeks a renewal of the Church first and foremost by living the Gospel authentically, embracing poverty, simplicity and a deep love of the Cosmos, the natural world.

“It is about mission rather than maintaining the Church’s institutional prestige or financial position.”

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Pope Francis ‘pointing the People of God forward’ (By Mary Brazell, Catholic Outlook

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