On Tuesday Pope Francis released an 85 page statement entitled, the Joy of the gospel. The statement included thoughts of the pope, which we've learned has not always been what we're accustomed to hearing from religious leaders.
Pope Francis is calling for reform of some methods being practiced within the Catholic Church. Mostly because he says those customs are no longer widely understood or effective. Bishop Michael Jarrell was intrigued, and even excited after reading the pope's statement. "I think that they are very exciting words. I will come them very much" says the bishop.
In fact, the bishop sees this as a true test of faith for followers of Christ, "He is challenging us to bring the gospel to the world." Pope Francis has a reputation of being more open and accepting of the church's members. But how do people feel about him being so untraditional?" Asche Starr, a Lafayette resident says, "I've actually been pleasantly surprised with everything that Pope Francis has done. He's gotten back to the roots of Christianity and what I think how Christ initially intended for people to act."
That includes the pope's effort to inspirit Christians to reach out to the gay community. The bishop believes Catholics should continue to be charitable to all mankind, "By speaking with others and inviting them to participate. Also by the goodness of charity. I think we have to continue to emphasize."