Pope Francis admitted to the leaders of the world's Catholic male religious orders that the Vatican is a corrupt place, but said he was at peace in his work, the Catholic News website reports today (February 9, 2017).
"There is corruption in the Vatican," the Pontiff told members of the Union of Superiors General in November, according to a report of the meeting released for the first time today by the Italian Jesuit magazine "La Civilta Cattolica." The report was written by Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro, chief editor of "Civilta Cattolica" and a papal confidant.
The Pope made the admission after being asked by one of the religious leaders how he maintains serenity in his work.
"I do not take tranquilizers," Francis joked before adding : "The Italians offer good advice: to live in peace you need a healthy dose of not caring."