Pope Francis prepared rebukes instead of greetings for this year’s Christmas meeting with the Curia. He has urged Vatican officials to stop feeling “superior to everyone,” to give up on the “terrorism of gossip” and recover from “spiritual Alzheimer’s.”
The cardinals welcomed this year’s Christmas address from their leader –a list of 15 “Ailments of the Curia” – with tepid applause and few smiles, AP reported.
One of the sins from the list was the “disease” of feeling “immortal,” or “essential.”
“Sometimes, [Officials of the Curia] feel themselves ‘lords of the manor’ [padroni in Italian] – superior to everyone and everything,” Pope Francis said in his annual Christmas greeting, according to Vatican Radio.