Pope Francis roasts the Vatican – power broker / U.S. and Cuba

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Pope Francis international power broker / U.S. and Cuba

Pope Francis roasts the Vatican

Beschreibung Pope Francis in March 2013.jpg

Pope Francis

Pontiff blasts his own top cardinals and priests for being:

1) ‘Lustful for power, living hypocritical lives and suffering from spiritual Alzheimer’s instead of being men of God’.

2) The sins, or ailments as he called them, included how the ‘terrorism of gossip’ can ‘kill the reputation of our colleagues and brothers in cold blood.’

3) Another of the sins was how cliques can ‘enslave their members and become a cancer that threatens the harmony of the body’ and eventually kill it by ‘friendly fire’. 

4) Then one-by-one he went on: Being vain. Wanting to accumulate things, having a ‘hardened heart’, wooing superiors for personal gain.

5) Working without coordination, like an orchestra that produces noise. ‘When the foot tells the hand, ‘I don’t need you’ or the hand tells the head ‘I’m in charge.”

6) Having ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s.’ ‘We see it in the people who have forgotten their encounter with the Lord … in those who depend completely on their here and now, on their passions, whims and manias, in those who build walls around themselves and become enslaved to the idols that they have built with their own hands.’

7) Being rivals or boastful. ‘When one’s appearance, the color of one’s vestments or honorific titles become the primary objective of life.’

8) Suffering from ‘existential schizophrenia.’ ‘It’s the sickness of those who live a double life, fruit of hypocrisy that is typical of mediocre and progressive spiritual emptiness that academic degrees cannot fill. It’s a sickness that often affects those who, abandoning pastoral service, limit themselves to bureaucratic work, losing contact with reality and concrete people.’

9) Committing the ‘terrorism of gossip.’ ‘It’s the sickness of cowardly people who, not having the courage to speak directly, talk behind people’s backs.’

10) Glorifying one’s bosses. ‘It’s the sickness of those who court their superiors, hoping for their benevolence. They are victims of careerism and opportunism, they honor people who aren’t God.’

11) Being indifferent to others. ‘When, out of jealousy or cunning, one finds joy in seeing another fall rather than helping him up and encouraging him.’

12) Having a ‘funereal face.’ ‘In reality, theatrical severity and sterile pessimism are often symptoms of fear and insecurity. The apostle must be polite, serene, enthusiastic and happy and transmit joy wherever he goes.’

13) Wanting more. ‘When the apostle tries to fill an existential emptiness in his heart by accumulating material goods, not because he needs them but because he’ll feel more secure.’

14) Forming ‘closed circles’ that seek to be stronger than the whole. ‘This sickness always starts with good intentions but as time goes by, it enslaves its members by becoming a cancer that threatens the harmony of the body and causes so much bad — scandals — especially to our younger brothers.’

15) Seeking worldly profit and showing off. ‘It’s the sickness of those who insatiably try to multiply their powers and to do so are capable of calumny, defamation and discrediting others, even in newspapers and magazines, naturally to show themselves as being more capable than others.

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Comments

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 01/11/2015 at 5:00 pm

    How refreshing! Sometimes it takes an “outsider” – a Latin American pope – to speak the truth to power.

  • Thinker  On 01/11/2015 at 5:09 pm

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/14/pope-francis-argentina-military-junta
    Easy for him to talk now. He had a great opportunity to really speak truth to power as a Latin American and blew it. He was no Bishop Tutu or Archbishop Romero.

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 01/11/2015 at 5:38 pm

      Sometimes, Thinker, we live and learn from our past mistakes, from our failure to speak out or act when we should have. Perhaps, the time has come for him to make a real difference. I can only pray that he will remain steadfast in the course he has set for himself as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

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