Pope Francis Sharply Criticizes Catholic Church Hierarchy
“Cold-bloodedly killing the reputation of their own colleagues and brothers”.
Those are the words used by Pope Francis to describe the Curia, the administrative pinnacle of the Roman Catholic Church. If there is any doubt that this new Pope is out to fix the corruption of the “Church,” this should really dispel it. At the end of his pre-Christmas speech to the cardinals, “there was silence.”
It has long been known that there is something wrong with the Church. It has been criticized for all its scandals, by both Catholics and non-Catholics alike, as well as its ignorance of the poverty that many Catholics face throughout the world. And finally, the message has been echoed by the man who matters the most (at least, within the Church’s hierarchy), the Pope. In his scathing speech, Pope Francis claims that the Curia is being plagued 15 “ailments,” including the following:
Feeling immortal or immune
Suffering from existential schizophrenia
Committing terrorism of gossip
Becoming spiritually and mentally hardened
In a word: ouch! Essentially the Pope called his Curia “egotistical, disconnected gossips who consider themselves above the rest of the world” (these are my words, not anyone else’s lol). That is how I interpreted his speech, and I, for one, am so happy he did it. Not only because I am Catholic, but because I am glad to see any leader, of any major institution, look at the corruption of his system, and challenge them so directly. Have I ever seen that before? No. Do I hope others (hint: Mr Obama) follow suit? Yes.