Pope Francis lays out his mission in “Evangeli Gaudium”

ROME -- The Vatican has published an 85-page document called an Apostolic Exhortation -- essentially Pope Francis' mission statement, it is an outline of where he wants the Catholic Church to go and what kind of church he wants it to be.

In the words of the document, Francis wants to see "a church that is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets."


CBS News correspondent Allen Pizzey noted on "CBS This Morning" that concern for the poor and a shunning of life's luxuries have been benchmarks of Francis' papacy from day one. His exhortation castigated what he called "the new idolatry of money," and described the gap between rich and poor as being the result of "ideologies which defend the autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation."

"I beg the Lord," Francis wrote, "to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor."

Officially called "Evangeli Gaudium" or "The Joy of the Gospel" the instructions, philosophy and admonitions are wrapped in what Father Mike Russo of St Mary's College in San Francisco called the new pope's "great emotional intelligence."

"Be a church of joy. Don't go to events as if you're going to a funeral. You have to exemplify the very joy of the gospel. I think he's extraordinarily good at that. He has that kind of emotional intelligence that leaders around the world want," said Russo.

For the church, the pope is as close to an absolute ruler as it's possible to be, but Francis said he was "open to suggestions" about how to change the nature of the papacy.

Included in that is the debate over women taking a greater role in the church, but that won't be as radical as the other changes the exhortation called for. The issue of female priests, the pope said in the document, "is not a question open to discussion."

Nonetheless, Pope Francis has made it clear that major changes are on the way and they're going to be at every level, and in the style he sets for the Catholic Church with every word he utters, or writes.

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