Before priests, nuns drop 'gossip bombs,' - bite your tongue, Pope Francis commands
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By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
2/3/2016 (3 years ago)
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"Bite your tongue!" That is the orders of Pope Francis, who said that gossip loving priests and nuns are hindering their cause by the spreading of innuendos and gossip. The pontiff also bemoaned the drop-off in vocations but said those that the church takes must be serious and diligent about their missions.
"If you get an urge to say something against a brother or a sister, to drop a gossip bomb, bite your tongue! Hard!" the Pope declared (EPA).
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis addressed members of the clergy as he marked the end of the Year of Consecrated Life. In an improvised talk, the Pope warned priests and nuns not to "drop a gossip bomb." He also warned against those breaking their vow of obedience to get in order.
"If you get an urge to say something against a brother or a sister, to drop a gossip bomb, bite your tongue! Hard!" the Pope declared. He also warned against those within the church who continue to disregard their vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, describing 'anarchy' as the "daughter of the devil."
The Pope also regretted the decline in those pursuing a religious life, but at the same time said that the church should not take just anyone.
"Why is the womb of consecrated life becoming so sterile?" he asked. "Some congregations experiment with 'artificial insemination.' What do they do? They welcome... 'Yes come, come, come.' And then there are problems," he said.
"No. We must be serious about who we take. We must clearly distinguish if it is a real vocation, and help it to grow."
Still reeling from scandals involving sexual abuse by members of the clergy within the Roman Catholic Church, many people, especially in Western industrialized nations have turned their backs to the institution.
Priests and nuns in industrialized countries have been in a rapid decline, although the Church still counts 693,000 nuns around the world and 55,000 priests.
The news arrives with word that the Pope will appear in the film, "Beyond the Sun." The film is described as a "family adventure story where children from different cultures emulate the apostles while searching for Jesus in the world around them." The Pope plays himself and appears at the end of the film to tell children how they can find Jesus.
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