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Pope right to question Church on teachings

JESUS told the Apostles to go and teach all nations. They did their best to carry out his orders, especially Paul, "the least (and best) of them all".

However, in a relatively short time, their successors forgot his instructions and turned the Church into a replica of the Roman Empire, which it copied and replaced.

Pope Francis is the very first Church leader in history to question and challenge this arrangement.

His recent straight-talking to the Church's governing body implies that he sees the entire present system must be radically reformed, even to the point of moving it out of Rome.

The Church is bogged down in the Vatican. The thinking is still pedestrian and parochial.

The Roman Catholic Church is a gross misnomer for Christ's Church, which belongs, by his mission, to the whole human race.

It has reached only one-sixth of the world's population in 2,000 years.

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And by the way, why, I wonder, has the media in general met this astounding papal break from tradition with such deafening silence?