Originally Posted by ckupq
While I agree with you, this pope has made great strides to not make his term be an "Us vs. Them" term. The Vatican's approach under Pope Benedict appeared to be push them around the globe so far they come full circle and join the church. IMHO that's not message you want to say. This is the first pope, that I remember (John Paul, Benedict, Francis), that actually professes that he loves the masses, not just Catholics. He, in my view, is expressing that he loves the masses, even if they are considered undesirables by the church, the same why his messiah would.
IMHO this is a good direction to be heading. It will be the thing that makes people come back to the church.
I'm all for modernizing things, but you can't dilute the gospel by saying everyone can get in when the proprietor of the faith says completely opposite.
But, I defiantly think it's a step in the right direction, he just may have gone a bit too far in that certain direction.