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Entries by John L. Esposito from 04/2013

'Francis, Rebuild My Church': Will Pope Francis Heed the Call?

| Posted 04.04.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis now faces an institutional church in need of substantial rebuilding and reform: a deeply divided church theologically; an entrenched and flawed, some would say incompetent, Vatican bureaucracy; a legacy of decades of scandals (in particular pedophilia) and of deception by members of the hierarchy; and an exodus of Catholics in Europe and America.