Christmas: Pope Francis condemns Vatican

By Post Nigeria December 23, 2014 17:59

Christmas: Pope Francis condemns Vatican

Pope Francis penultimate on Monday strongly condemned the Vatican’s bureaucracy, saying the church had a lust for power, were indifferent to others and suffered from ‘spiritual Alzheimer.’

The Pope stressed that the Vatican was plagued by ’existential schizophrenia’, ‘social exhibitionism’ and a lust for power, all of which have led to an ‘orchestra that plays out the tune.’

He stated this during a Christmas speech to cardinals, bishops and priests. He listed ailments plaguing the ‘head honchos’ of the church and urged them to seek for a cure.

The Curia, the administrative body of the Roman Catholic Church, is dominated by Italians who oversee the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Francis, an Argentine, is the first non-European to hold the papacy in more than a millennium.

The former Cardinal had not worked in the Curia before his election; he has made reform of the Vatican a major part of his agenda.

“The Vatican needs to change, to improve… A Curia that does not bring itself, that does not try to improve, is a sick body”, he said.

The Associated Press noted that Francis’s speech was met with tepid applause, and ‘few were smiling’ as the Pope listed one-by-one, the 15 Ailments of the Vatican.

John Allen, who covers the Vatican for the Boston Globe’s Crux notes that Pope Francis has not shied away from complaining about the gossiping, careerism and bureaucratic power intrigues that afflict the Holy See.

But his reform agenda has gathered steam to highlight what ails the institution.