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Pope: "Gossip Is Harmful To People"

posted 21 Dec 2013, 13:50 by Mpelembe   [ updated 21 Dec 2013, 13:51 ]


NVO - Pope Francis told Vatican administrators, who were dogged by infighting and allegations of corruption during the papacy of his predecessor, to be humble professionals and to spurn gossip.


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"Holiness, in the Curia, also means conscientious objection to gossip. We rightfully insist on the importance of conscientious objection, but perhaps we too need to exercise it as a means of defending ourselves from an unwritten law of our surroundings, which unfortunately is that of gossip. So let us all be conscientious objectors; and mind you, I am not simply preaching. Gossip is harmful to people, our work and our surroundings."

When he was elected in March, Francis inherited a Curia in disarray and still reeling from the "Vatileaks" scandal, in which documents stolen from former Pope Benedict's office alleged corruption and petty infighting among monsignors.