St. Francis of Assisi said these words in the year 1209 when the Catholic Church in the medieval period was too clerical. During St. Francis’ time, the Catholic priest’s wielded a lot of power, and they were seen as the only people who had the mandate to preach the Gospel. During this period of time, the role of the laity in the church was quite peripheral. During this period of time also, the Catholic Church taught that salvation was possible only through the Catholic clerics, and that was only the Catholic believers who would be saved. Also, the medieval Catholic Church understood preaching only in terms of evangelizing through the word of mouth. preaching through actions was not regarded as an important element of evangelization. For this reason, evangelization was viewed as a preserve for the clergy because canonically, it was only the Catholic Church clergy who had the responsibility to preach the word verbally. The medieval Catholic Church, also, did not conceive universal holiness as a basic call to holiness for every believer. the Catholic Church clerics and the religious people were viewed as the only people who had the basic call to holiness. For this reason, therefore, the medieval Catholic Church saw the clerics and the religious people as more important than the laity in evangelization matters.