Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Pope Rips Vatican Bureaucracy for Power,Wealth; Clerics Must Stop Hypocritical Lives,Put God First

To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia," the Yahoo News website reports today (December 24, 2014).

Francis issued a blistering indictment of the Vatican bureaucracy on December 22, accusing the cardinals, bishops, and priests who serve him of using their Vatican careers to grab power and wealth, of living "hypocritical" double lives, and forgetting that they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

Francis turned the traditional, genteel exchange of Christmas greetings into a public dressing down of the Curia, the central administration of the Holy See which governs the 1.2-billion-strong Catholic Church.

Ticking off 15 ailments -- one by one -- of the Curia, Francis urged the prelates sitting stone-faced before him in the marbled Sala Clementina to use the Christmas season to repent and atone, and make the church a healthier, holier place in 2015.

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