Go out now, share the Gospel, get messy, pope tells Quebec bishops | National Catholic Reporter

VATICAN CITY

Without waiting for some well-researched, detailed plan with action items and measurable goals, Catholics in Quebec must go out and share the Gospel, Pope Francis told the bishops of the province.

Meeting the 29 bishops of Quebec May 11, Francis said, “You’ve got to go, and it’s going to be messy,” according to Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, former president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The role of women in the church, he said, was discussed “in the context of where is the Spirit pushing the church.” Francis told them it is “vital” that more women be involved, including in decision making, “but the problem is that we cannot reduce it just to a question of function” — offices they can and cannot hold — although that is important, too.

“He was very clear that we need to bring the voice of women into the responsibility structures of the church,” the archbishop said.

Source: Go out now, share the Gospel, get messy, pope tells Quebec bishops | National Catholic Reporter

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