The theology of the people that formed Pope Francis thus enabled him to understand the extent to which clericalism opened up the path to abuse by setting aside the notion of the Church as People of God, reducing it to “small elites” despite the priority that Vatican II had given to this concept

“In moments of shadow and great tribulation, when the ‘skeins’ and ‘knots’ cannot be unraveled and nothing is clear, it is then that we need to keep silent,” he wrote…