Date
19 September 2017
Pope Francis delivers a stinging pre-Christmas message to cardinals in which he attacked vicious infighting in the Vatican. Photo BBC News
Pope Francis delivers a stinging pre-Christmas message to cardinals in which he attacked vicious infighting in the Vatican. Photo BBC News

Cardinals silent as Pope rips Vatican infighting

Pope Francis is criticizing “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and “the terrorism of gossip” in the Vatican bureaucracy.

In a pre-Christmas address to cardinals, the said the Vatican administration is suffering from 15 “ailments” he wanted cured in the new year.

Pope Francis also criticised “those who look obsessively at their own image”.

He is demanding reform of the Curia — the Vatican’s highest administrative body.

There was silence at the end of the Pope’s speech, BBC News reported Tuesday.

He said some power-hungry clerics were guilty of “cold-bloodedly killing the reputation of their own colleagues and brothers”.

And the church elite must reach out to poor and vulnerable worshippers.

He compared the performance of the church’s civil servants to that of an orchestra playing “out of tune” because they fail to collaborate and have no team spirit.

Pope Francis,  the first Latin American pontiff, is meeting opposition among the nearly 3,000-strong staff of the Italian-dominated Curia.

He had never worked in Rome before his election as pope last year.

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