Archbishop Apuron said that Pope Francis calls for a church that identifies with the poor.
That can only happen, he said, “if bishops, priests, religious and laity leave the comfort of their homes, convents and residences and minister to the poor.”
“We need to see the suffering of our brothers and sisters,” he said.
“Pope Francis has lived poverty,” the archbishop said. “We have to live it first in order to understand the people who live in poverty.”
The pope said that to know the poor is to “understand Jesus,” Archbishop Apuron said.
He said Pope Francis wants priests to literally and figuratively “unlock the doors of the church,” to be “more compassionate and merciful as our God is merciful.”
"It is to your advantage to resign immediately, rather than experience a more arduous and painful closure to your assignment at Santa Barbara Church….I hereby release you from this Archdiocese to go and look for a benevolent bishop willing to accept you. This is effective immediately."
- Archbishop Apuron to Fr. Paul Gofigan, July 16, 2013.