Posted by: maboulette | January 1, 2017

Pope in Christmas Message Blasts Vatican Resistance to Reform


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Pope Francis denounced the opposition he’s encountering in reforming the Vatican establishment, saying some of it is inspired by the devil and that the prelates who work for him must undergo “permanent purification” to serve the Catholic Church better.

BUREAUCRACY

For the 3rd year in a row, Francis took the Vatican bureaucracy to task in his annual Christmas greeting. He said the reform procedure he was elected to push through in 2013 isn’t aimed at a insincere face-lift for the Holy See, but rather a deep change in mentality among his collaborators.

ITS STAINS

“Dear brothers, it’s not the wrinkles in the church that you should fear, but the stains!” he said.

SPIRITUAL AILMENTS

In 2014, Francis shocked the Vatican Curia, or administration, when he listed the 15 “spiritual ailments” its members were suffering. He accused them of using their careers to grab power and wealth, of living “hypocritical” double lives and of forgetting — due to “spiritual Alzheimer’s” — that they’re supposed to be joyful men of God.

 CATALOG OF VIRTURES

Last year, Francis listed a “catalog of virtues” they were supposed to show instead, including honesty, sobriety, respect and humility.

GUIDELINES

This year, he gave the priests, bishops and cardinals who work for him 12 guidelines that are inspiring his reform process, which has involved consolidating Vatican departments and creating new ones.

DEFINITIVE END

He called for a “definitive end” to the Vatican’s face-saving way of getting rid of unqualified or problematic staff by promoting them to a higher office.

“This is a cancer!” Francis said.

PROCESS OF REFORM

Francis said it’s entirely natural that there should be resistance during such a profound process of reform — but he said there’s good resistance and bad.

POSITIVE RESISTANCE

Positive resistance is an open willingness for dialogue but “hidden” resistance comes from the “fearful or hardened hearts” of people who say they want change but really don’t, he said.

 MALEVOLENT RESISTANCE

And then there’s “malevolent resistance … when the devil inspires nasty intentions often dressed as lambs.”

SPIRITURAL PURIFICATION

He urged his collaborators to undergo an ongoing process of spiritual purification guided by the Gospel. Later, he told staff who work for the Vatican City State that the Gospel also should dictate the Vatican’s labor practices to make sure people have proper contracts.

“No employment off-the-books. No subterfuge,” he said.

 

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