Pope Francis told gossip-loving priests and nuns yesterday to bite their tongues, and warned those breaking their vow of obedience to fall into line quickly, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (February 2, 2016).
"If you get an urge to say something against a brother or a sister, to drop a gossip bomb, bite your tongue! Hard!" the pontiff said in an improvised speech to members of the clergy, marking the end of the Year of Consecrated Life.
The pope warned against those abusing their religious vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, describing "anarchy" as the "daughter of the devil."
The Roman Catholic Church is still suffering from the clerical sex abuse scandal, which hurt the institution globally and saw many believers -- particularly in the West -- turn their back on the centuries-old institution.