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careerism and the search for a promotion [to the hierarchy] come under the category of spiritual worldliness", deceitfully trying to appear holy. He said of clerical vanity: "Look at the peacock; it's beautiful if you look at it from the front.
He has said that "the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: 'I am talking with you in order to persuade you' ".
He calls for dialogue that allows for mutual growth, by attraction.
Theology of Pope Francis is an analysis of his pronouncements and statements on Christian beliefs and practices.
The focus here is on salient features, what he emphasized during his papacy, what characterized his pontificate.
The fervor of his determination to turn around the church appears in his way of expressing himself.
As pope he has become known for his emphasis on God's merciful love for all people, regardless of religious belief, and for intolerance of triumphalism and smugness in the Church.
caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures” (EG 49). It is not advisable for the Pope to take the place of local Bishops in the discernment of every issue which arises in their territory” (EG 16).
He calls for a more welcoming atmosphere in our communities with less focus on administering the sacraments and on Church bureaucracy, which he finds alienating some of the baptized (EG 63), He describes this bureaucracy as self-referential with "a kind of theological narcissism". He finds little progress in finding a new way of exercising Papal primacy as requested by John Paul II (EG 32) in continuity with the desire of the Bishops at Vatican II.
These emphases emerge from the various sections in this article, on the Church's mission and leadership, on its pastoral sense and liturgy, and on charity as the foundation for morality and as motivation for environmentalism today.