“Apostolic Exhortation” Evangelii Gaudium
on the Proclamation of the Novus Ordo Gospel
November 24, 2013
Like most of his five predecessors of unhappy memory, it takes Francis a lot of words to express what he wants to say: At 65 printed pages, 288 paragraphs, 217 footnotes, and over 50,000 English words in total, this Post-Synodal “Apostolic Exhortation” is John Paul II on Steroids. The word “Pius” appears as often as the word “sourpusses” (par. 85) — exactly once: a brief and obscure reference to a speech by Pope Pius XI in 1927, in a footnote (n.