It was fascinating that Pope Francis opened his teaching by rejecting a narrow view that the Church is “restricted to the clergy or the Vatican ” . He pointed out that we are “all the Church, all family, all of the Mother.” I was pleasantly surprised that his definition of Church included “a much broader reality, which opens to the whole of humanity ….She was founded by Jesus but is a people with a long history behind it and a preparation that began much before Christ himself.”
Yet some commentators were furious, “What would a man who denies the Trinity by affirming we worship the same God as Islam, know about the nature of the Church?
The focus of the Pope’s remarks centre on the fact that it is God who forms Church. GOD initiates and we respond in obedience and humility. IT IS PROFOUND, TRUE AND IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.