Todos, Todos, Todos!

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reported last year that “young pilgrims interviewed by Catholic News Service during World Youth Day constantly returned to the pope’s main point during the official welcome ceremony for World Youth Day, August 3 [2023]: in the church there is room for ‘everyone, everyone, everyone.’”

Pope Francis asked the jubilant crowd of flag-waving young people to repeat the refrain with him in Lisbon’s Eduardo VII Park, and shouts of “todos, todos, todos”—“everyone” in Spanish and Portuguese—spread throughout the crowd. “Please, let us not convert the Church into a customs office where only the ‘just,’ ‘good,’ and ‘properly married’ can enter while leaving everyone else outside. No. The church is not that,” he said; “rather, it is a place for ‘righteous and sinners, good and bad, everyone, everyone, everyone.’”

Asked during his inflight news conference on August 6 how the church can be for everyone when women and gay people are excluded from some sacraments, Pope Francis said that “the church is open to all, but then there is legislation that regulates life inside the church,” thus explaining some apparent irregularities.

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