In a revolutionary speech on Monday, Pope Francis blasted cardinals, bishops, and priests by charging that some in the church suffered from “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and a lust for power.
The Pope said the Vatican was riven with “existential schizophrenia”, “social exhibitionism”, “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and a lust for power, all of which made for an “orchestra that plays out of tune”.
“The Curia is called on to always improve itself and grow in communion, holiness and knowledge to fulfill its mission,” Francis said.
“But even it, as any human body, can suffer from ailments, dysfunctions, illnesses.”
The pope listed one by one the 15 “Ailments of the Curia” that he had drawn up, complete with footnotes and Biblical references.
He itemized the wide range of ills besetting the Vatican as the “ailment of feeling immortal, immune or even indispensable,” “hardened heart,” “funereal face,” “rigid, tough, and arrogant”, especially towards underlings.
Francis also spoke of the “terrorism of gossip” and “backstabbing” by “cowards who don’t have the courage to say things openly,” which he concludes as being tantamount to “murder in cold blood”.
He decried the “scandal” caused by infighting and those who use their Vatican careers to grab power and wealth, of living “hypocritical” double lives and forgetting that they’re supposed to be joyful men of God.
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