From the Guardian:
Pope Francis has used a Christmas greeting to dress down Vatican colleagues, denouncing the “cancer” of cliques and how bureaucrats can become corrupted by ambition and vanity.
“Reforming Rome is like cleaning the Egyptian sphinxes with a toothbrush,” Francis told cardinals, bishops and priests who work for him on Thursday. “You need patience, dedication and delicacy.” Francis acknowledged there were plenty of competent, loyal and even saintly people who worked in the Holy See. But he also said there were others chosen to help him reform the Vatican’s inefficient and outdated bureaucracy who had shown themselves to be not up to the task.
From the Catholic Herald:
Pope Francis has criticized Vatican officials for “ambition,” “vainglory” and “self-referentiality” in his annual keynote speech. The yearly address to the Roman Curia, given in the days before Christmas, has often been a wake-up call. In 2014, Francis drew up a list of “sicknesses” such as “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and “existential schizophrenia.”
This year the Pope again delivered some stern criticisms of his staff, and appeared to make reference to recent public controversies.
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