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Pope: Church Must Not Turn Priests Into 'little Monsters'

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January 03, 2014 AT 10:12 AM
Pope Francis is calling for a change in the culture of seminaries, saying priests who are taught only to toe the line will become "little monsters." The pontiff expressed his vision for a more open and joyful religious education system during a three-hour talk with the heads of the orders in November, but his remarks were not published until now in the Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica. "Problems are not solved simply by forbidding doing this or that. Dialogue as well as confrontation are needed," he said.