What ails the Catholic Church? Pope Francis has the answer!
You gotta love the new Pope.
First, he plays a key role in renewing talks between the U.S. and Cuban governments.
Then today, during the Vatican's annual pre-Christmas gathering no less, he blasts those that work within the Vatican's Curia, the senior leadership that is comprised of cardinals, bishops and priests who run the central administration of the 1.2 billion strong Catholic Church. He offers a list of 15 ailments that currently plagues the administration - including "Spiritual Alzheimer's" and "Existential Schizophrenia" - and recommends they work on a cure over the Christmas holiday.
Here's a selection of some of our favorites, Pope Francis quotes included, courtesy of AP News:
- Feeling immortal, immune or indispensable. "A Curia that doesn't criticize itself, that doesn't update itself, that doesn't seek to improve itself is a sick body."
- Having 'spiritual Alzheimer's.' "We see it in the people who have forgotten their encounter with the Lord ... in those who depend completely on their here and now, on their passions, whims and manias, in those who build walls around themselves and become enslaved to the idols that they have built with their own hands."
- Suffering from 'existential schizophrenia.' "It's the sickness of those who live a double life, fruit of hypocrisy that is typical of mediocre and progressive spiritual emptiness that academic degrees cannot fill. It's a sickness that often affects those who, abandoning pastoral service, limit themselves to bureaucratic work, losing contact with reality and concrete people."
- Committing the 'terrorism of gossip.' "It's the sickness of cowardly people who, not having the courage to speak directly, talk behind people's backs."
- Having a 'funereal face.' "In reality, theatrical severity and sterile pessimism are often symptoms of fear and insecurity. The apostle must be polite, serene, enthusiastic and happy and transmit joy wherever he goes."
- Seeking worldly profit and showing off. "It's the sickness of those who insatiably try to multiply their powers and to do so are capable of calumny, defamation and discrediting others, even in newspapers and magazines, naturally to show themselves as being more capable than others."
Watch Jesse's take on how the U.S. government is not unlike the Catholic Church in this Off The Grid episode:
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