Sunday, February 12, 2017

Pope Slams "Insults" in Angelus Address Today; Connects Insults to Jesus' "Thou Shalt Not Kill"

Pope Francis today (February 12, 2017) criticized the everyday use of "insults" -- an apparent reference to anonymous attacks he has faced over the last week in Rome -- according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

In his weekly Angelus address today, Francis highlighted Jesus' commandment, "Thou shalt not kill," saying the edict applied not only to homicide, "but also to those behaviors which offend the dignity of the human person, including insulting words."

Francis may have been referring to criticism he received this past week by conservative Catholics opposed to his numerous reforms of Catholic Church teaching and governance.

"We are used to insults," the pope said. "It is like saying, 'Good morning.'" He added, He "who insults his brother kills that brother in his heart."

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