Asked what it means for him to “think with the church,” a phrase used by the Jesuit founder St. Ignatius, Francis said that it did not mean “thinking with the hierarchy of the church.”
“This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people,” he said. “We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.”
All denominations, as well as individual churches, should meditate on this simple truth. It might help solve some of the clergy/laity and hierarchy/local church problems with which Christianity is afflicted.