Pope says Church should open to modern culture
Francis says Curia too Vatican-centric01 October, 11:30
"Vatican II (1962-1965), inspired by Pope John XXII and Pope Paul VI, decided to look to the future with a modern spirit and open up to modern culture," the Argentine pontiff told Rome-based daily La Repubblica.
"The fathers of the council knew that opening up to the modern world meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-beleivers.
"After that very little was done (to move further) in that direction. I have the humility and ambition to want to do that".
Francis reiterated that he wants to revamp the Vatican's financial and administrative bodies, which have been hit by a series of scandals.
He singled out the Roman Curia, the administrative apparatus of the Holy See and the central governing body of the entire Catholic Church, for criticism.
"The Curia... manages the services that the Holy See needs.
"But it has a fault: it's Vatican-centric. It sees and takes care of the interests of the Vatican, which are still mostly temporal interests.
"This Vatican-centric vision neglects the world that surrounds us.
"I don't share this vision and I'll do all I can to change it". He also said that: "the Church's chiefs are often narcissistic, flattered and badly encouraged by their courtesans. The court is the leprosy of the papacy"..