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LINK Pope warns Vatican staff an 'elegant demon' lurks among them

(Okay, this isn't as crazy as it sounds. The "demon" is mostly a metaphor.)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis warned Vatican bureaucrats on Thursday to beware the devil that lurks among them, saying it is an “elegant demon” that works in people who have a rigid, holier-than-thou way of living the Catholic faith.

Francis used his annual Christmas greeting to the Roman Curia to again put the cardinals, bishops and priests who work in the Holy See on notice that they are by no means beyond reproach and are, in fact, particularly vulnerable to evil.

Francis told them that by living in the heart of the Catholic Church, “we could easily fall into the temptation of thinking we are safe, better than others, no longer in need of conversion.”

“Yet we are in greater danger than all others, because we are beset by the 'elegant demon,' who does not make a loud entrance, but comes with flowers in his hand,” Francis told the churchmen in the Hall of Blessings of the Apostolic Palace.

Francis has long used his Christmas address for an annual dressing down of Vatican bureaucrats, taking them through a typical Jesuit-style “examination of conscience” to help them repent in the run-up to Christmas.

His most blistering critique came in 2014, when he listed the “15 ailments of the Curia” that some suffered, including the “terrorism of gossip,” ″spiritual Alzheimer’s” and of living “hypocritical” double lives. The following year, Francis offered an antidote to the sins by listing the “catalog of virtues” he hoped they would instead follow, including honesty, humility and sobriety.

Paul4747 8 Dec 22

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He sounds remarkably as if he is creating a Stasi whereby everybody in the Vatican spies on and denounces everybody else.


Sounds like he is warning against the pentacostals, the evangelicalists and the charismatics.
It is good to see the global pedophile godfather( church and mafia are interchangeable) threatened enough to worry the poor soul. (fact check:-Not poor and has no soul)
In any case it is the pot calling the kettle black.


Sure. Maybe he meant the ones who protected child rapists.This Poop annoys me more than the last one, the brown shirt Nazi, literally as a teen. The current one is a media marvel, saying all kinds of "progressive" shit and getting grand reviews and then doing absolutely nothing.

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