Francis assembled his cardinals, bishops, and Vatican prelates because of his yearly Christmas greeting from the Apostolic Palace. In previous years, Francis has utilized the event to deliver a barbarous dressing-down of this clerical court that encircles the papacy, after denouncing the”religious Alzheimer’s” of a Holy See clerics.
This season, Francis said battles at the church between right and left, progressives and traditionalists, just harm the church and also distort its true character. “For this reason, it would be useful for all of us to quit living in battle and believe once more that we’re journeying together,” Francis explained.
He stressed the”catastrophe” is not exactly like”battle,” with disasters at the church giving a chance for renewal but struggles only”a waste of power and event for evil”
“The very first evil that battle leads us, and we have to attempt to prevent, is gossip, idle chatter, which leads us in an unpleasant, gloomy and stifling condition of self-absorption,” he explained. “It turns disaster into battle.”
Those financial and rustic setbacks are compounded by a scandal within the Holy See’s bungled 350 million euro investment at a London property venture that’s currently the subject of a corruption investigation.
The scandal, which was fueled by escapes from inside, has subjected divisive turf wars over the hierarchy, and it has resulted in the collapse of a high heeled plateau, one of the other casualties.
Francis requested the church never be judged upon the disasters of the present or past.
“If a particular truth leads us to view our latest history just as a succession of accidents, scandals and failings, sins and contradictions, short-circuits and reverses in our opinion, we shouldn’t fear,” he explained. Rather, he explained, such disasters need openness to change and also differentiate a way forward.