All of the baptized comprise the Church and all have to follow Jesus, who stripped himself and chose to be a servant and to be humiliated on his way to the Cross. “And if we want to be Christians, there is no other way,” he said.
Without the Cross, without Jesus and without stripping ourselves of worldliness, he said, “we become pastry shop Christians… like nice sweet things but not real Christians.”
“We need to strip the Church,” he said. “We are in very grave danger. We are in danger of worldliness.”
The Christian cannot enter into the spirit of the world, which leads to vanity, arrogance and pride, he continued. And these lead to idolatry, which is the gravest sin.
The Church is not just the clergy, the hierarchy and religious, he said. “The Church is all of us and we all have to strip ourselves of this worldliness. Worldliness does us harm. It is so sad to find a worldly Christian.” [...]
It is ridiculous that a Christian would want to follow a worldly path, he continued. “The worldly spirit kills; it kills people; it kills the Church.”
What is worldliness? It is that very spirit which values the material world above everything else; indeed, it is that spirit which insists that the material world is all there is. For Christians it often manifests itself in an attitude that places far too much value on wealth and on worldly goods, on prestigious undertakings and lucrative careers, on following paths that lead to material success, even while paying lip service to the Christian idea that this passing world is not our true home.
You won't see too many headlines about these papal remarks, I predict. That's because our Chattering Classes and the MSM glitterati will nod at these remarks and think "Oh, of course I agree! Why, that's why I vote the way I do!" Then they will climb into their $50,000 or $100,000 automobiles and drive to their multimillion-dollar mansions to eat the food prepared for them by their servants (and don't ask embarrassing questions about those workers' immigration status, please) as they use their smartphones and tablets to plan for their next exotic vacation in some picturesque country whose poor form a charming backdrop to the interesting scenery...