Pope Francis says gossip is 'a plague worse than Covid'

Pope Francis says gossip is 'a plague worse than Covid' ...
theguardian.com 09/09/2020 People

Keywords:#Catholic, #Pope_Francis, #Roman, #Theguardian.com, #Vatican

Straying from prepared weekly blessing, pontiff urges faithful not to air grievances in public
Pope Francis said on Sunday that gossip is a “plague worse than Covid” that is seeking to divide the Roman Catholic church.
Francis strayed from his prepared text in his weekly blessing to reiterate his frequent complaint about gossiping within church communities and the Vatican bureaucracy.
Without giving specifics, he went on at some length to say the devil is the “biggest gossiper” who is seeking to divide the church with his lies.
“Please brothers and sisters, let’s try to not gossip,” he said. “Gossip is a plague worse than Covid. Worse. Let’s make a big effort: no gossiping!”
Francis’s comments came as he elaborated on a gospel passage about the need to correct others privately when they do something wrong. The Catholic hierarchy has long relied on this “fraternal correction” among priests and bishops to correct them when they err without airing problems in public.
Survivors of sexual abuse have said this form of private reprimand has allowed abuse to fester in the church and let both predator priests and superiors who covered up for them escape punishment.
--- ---

Read more from Source »

Related articles based on keyword density
Jewish War Against Christmas - Intifada Palestine ...
intifada-palestine.com 08/01/2014 Culture
By Dr. Elias Akleh Celebrating this Christmas the majority of Christians are not aware that there is a 2013-years-old brutal Judaic war against Ch...View Details»

Holy See seals first treaty with State of Palestine — RT News...
rt.com 27/06/2015 Politics
The Catholic Church has signed its first treaty with Palestine, making official its de facto recognition of the state. Israel reiterated that it regre...View Details»

Hassan Rouhani in first Europe visit by Iranian president in 16 years ...
theguardian.com 25/01/2016 News
Rouhani will meet the pope and the French and Italian leaders on a trip that aims to re-establish economic ties after sanctions Saeed Kamali Dehghan ...View Details»

Greta Thunberg backs climate general strike to force leaders to act ,a...
theguardian.com 23/04/2019 Nature
Swedish activist says world faces ‘existential crisis’ and must achieve goals of Paris deal Jonathan Watts Global environment editor @jonathanwatts...View Details»

U.S. Catholic bishops back Obama on Iran, warn Congress against meddli...
washingtonpost.com 14/04/2015 Culture
By David Gibson | Religion News Service April 13 at 5:13 PM The U.S. Catholic bishops have welcomed the Obama administration’s tentative agreement aim...View Details»