Pope Francis: Catholic Church could fall like a ‘house of cards’
Pope Francis has declared himself a “sinner” and says the Catholic Church will “fall like a house of cards” unless it is able to focus more on the “essentials” of preaching the Gospel and less on politics and bureaucracy.
By Nick Squires
19 Sep 2013
In an unprecedented interview, the Argentinean Pope, who has established a reputation for directness and humility since being elected six months ago, said he was determined to reform the Church but said it had become “obsessed” with issues such as gay marriage, abortion and contraception.
In another characteristically startling admission he declared himself a sinner.
“This is the most accurate definition,” he said, when asked what sort of a man he was. “It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.” There were also some intriguing personal revelations in the interview.
He revealed himself as a fan of Dostoevsky, the Russian novelist, and Reverend Father Gerard Manley Hopkins, an English poet who converted to Catholicism, and said he loved to gaze at paintings by Caravaggio, hanging in the churches of Rome.
He considers Johann Sebastian Bach’s music “sublime”, while his favourite film is La Strada by Federico Fellini, the Italian director.