Pope Francis urges humility as he berates cardinals and bishops in Christmas address
POPE FRANCIS urged cardinals, bishops and Vatican bureaucrats to embrace humility this Christmas, claiming that their pride, self-interest, and the “glitter of our armor” perverted their spiritual lives and corrupted the mission of the church.
As he has done in the past, Francis has used his annual Christmas address to berate Vatican administrators for their perceived moral and personal shortcomings, in particular denouncing those who “rigidly” hide behind the traditions of the Church. Catholic Church rather than seeking out those most in need with humility.
As they have done in the past, the Cardinals and Bishops sat with their faces of stone as they listened to Francis lecture them in the Hall of Blessings, which was otherwise adorned with Christmas trees and Christmas trees. glittering poinsettias.
“The humble are those who are concerned not only with the past but also with the future, because they know how to look towards the future, extend their branches, remembering the past with gratitude,” François told them.
“The proud, on the other hand, just repeat, get rigid and lock themselves into that repetition, feeling certain of what they know and fearing anything new because they can’t control it.”
The proud who are so withdrawn are consumed by their own interests, the pontiff said.
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“As a result, they don’t learn from their sins and are not really open to forgiveness. It is huge corruption disguised as good. We must avoid it, ”he added.
Since becoming pope in 2013, Francis has used his Christmas speech to rail against the Curia, as the bureaucracy of the Holy See is called, denouncing the “spiritual Alzheimer’s disease” that some members suffer and the resistance that it suffers from. ‘he had encountered in his efforts to reform and revitalize the institution and the Catholic Church in general.