Decentralize the Church How the New Pope Can Combat Catholic-Phobia

The Catholic Church is out of touch with believers, and risks losing more of the flock if it fails to reform. An important step would be giving national churches more power to suit the needs of their individual congregations.
Von Hans Hoyng
A stall with Pope Francis souvenirs near the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires.

A stall with Pope Francis souvenirs near the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires.

Foto: Maxi Failla/ AFP
Translated from the German by Paul Cohen