The Jorge Way: Example #5.  Make a mess!

Get out in the streets and make a mess. Don’t be afraid to spread the word. Create trouble in the branch offices. Get closer to the people. Get rid of managementism. Stop the meetings, meetings, meetings. Get out! Do it yourself. Do it every day. Set an example.

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Pope Francis
View of faithfuls waiting for Pope Francis at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the World Youth Day on July 25, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LUCA ZENNARO Source: AFP

Francis showed his rebel side, AP reported, casting off his security detail and heading into the Varginha shantytown, part of a slum area of northern Rio so violent it’s known as the Gaza Strip.

He told the thousands of youngsters, with an estimated 30,000 Argentines registered, to get out into the streets and spread their faith and make a “mess,” saying a church that doesn’t go out and preach simply becomes a civic or humanitarian group.

“I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!” he said, speaking off the cuff in his native Spanish. “I want to see the church get closer to the people. I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools or structures. Because these need to get out!”

The 76-year-old Argentine seemed entirely at home, wading into cheering crowds, kissing people young and old and telling them the Catholic Church is on their side.

“No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world!” Pope Francis told a crowd of thousands who braved a cold rain and stood in a muddy soccer field to welcome him. “No amount of peace-building will be able to last, nor will harmony and happiness be attained in a society that ignores, pushes to the margins or excludes a part of itself.”