Pope Francis said yesterday that gossiping, a “plague worse than COVID”, is seeking to divide the Church. Source: Crux.
Francis strayed from his prepared text to double down on his frequent complaint about gossiping within Church communities and even within the Vatican bureaucracy. He didn’t give specifics during his weekly blessing but spoke at some length to say the devil is the “biggest gossiper” who is seeking to divide the Church with his lies.
“Please brothers and sisters, let’s try to not gossip,” he said. “Gossip is a plague worse than COVID. Worse. Let’s make a big effort: No gossiping!”
Francis’ comments came as he explained a Gospel passage about the need to correct others privately when they do something wrong. The Catholic hierarchy has long relied on this “fraternal correction” among priests and bishops to correct them when they err without airing problems in public.