Pope Francis has warned that Church risk becoming “a beautiful museum of the past” if people lost “the amazement of faith.”
In his traditional New Year’s Mass today, Tuesday, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis called for Roman Catholics to remain rooted to the Church, saying: “Unity counts more than diversity.”
The Pope’s New Year’s address came on the heels of a turbulent 2018, as the Church was battered by a torrent of sex scandals across the world. The sense of crisis was underscored yesterday, Monday when the Vatican spokesman and his deputy abruptly and unexpectedly resigned following disagreements on communications strategy.
Speaking on the world scene, Pope Francis bemoaned lack of unity across the world, and warned against a soulless hunt for profit that benefits only a few.
He asked: “how much dispersion and solitude there is all around us?
“The world is completely connected, yet seems increasingly disjointed.”
In his homily, he paid homage to motherhood, saying that a world that looked to the future while forgetting “a mother’s gaze” is shortsighted.
“It may well increase its profits, but it will no longer see others as children. It will make money, but not for everyone. We will all dwell in the same house, but not as brothers and sisters.”