Despite rhetoric, Pope Francis treats cardinals like princes

Despite rhetoric, Pope Francis treats cardinals like princes

 |  , National Catholic Reporter

In his pre-Christmas talk to the cardinals and bishops of the Vatican Curia, Pope Francis shocked his audience and the world by his scathing words on the failings of those working in the Vatican. He warned them against 15 separate "diseases" in their work and attitudes.

In this "examination of conscience," among other sins, he spoke of "spiritual Alzheimer's," "existential schizophrenia" and the "terrorism of gossip."

"They are diseases and temptations which weaken our service to the Lord," he said.

"The list paints a picture of an institution full of gossip, backstabbing and lack of contact with the reality lived by most Catholics around the world," Joshua J. McElwee wrote.

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