VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis Stated Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is trying to split the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis Strayed from his prepared text to double down on his regular complaint about gossiping within church communities and within the Vatican bureaucracy. Francis did not give particulars through his weekly blessing but went on at some length to say the devil is that the”largest gossiper” who’s seeking to split the church together with his lies.
Pope Francis Statement
“Please Brothers and sisters, let’s try not to gossip,” he said. “Gossip is a plague worse than COVID 19. Worse. Let’s make a big effort: No gossiping!”
Pope Francis’ comments came as he elaborated on a Gospel passage about the need to correct others privately if they do something wrong. The Catholic hierarchy has long relied upon this”fraternal correction” among priests and bishops to fix them when they err without broadcasting issues in people.
Survivors Of sexual abuse have stated this kind of personal reprimand has allowed abuse to Fester from the church and allow both predator priests and superiors who covered up
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