Golden Nugget “Joy of the Gospel” Sept 8

“We must recognize that if part of our baptized people lack a sense of belonging to the Church, this is also due to certain structures and the occasionally unwelcoming atmosphere of some of our parishes and communities, or to a bureaucratic way of  dealing with problems, be they simple or complex, in the lives of our people. In many places an administrative approach prevails over a pastoral approach, as does a concentration on administering the sacraments apart from other forms of evangelization.”(63)

Thoughts for the day: is the Church sometimes viewed as a sort of club? Does the Church sometimes approach problems in a bureaucratic way? What does Pope Francis mean when he says, “A concentration on administering the sacraments apart from other forms of evangelization?”

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