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Gossip is a plague worse than COVID-19 - Pope Francis

 


Pope Francis on Sunday, September 6, described gossiping as “a plague worse than Covid” which is seeking to divide the Church.

Pope Francis didn’t give specifics during his weekly blessing, but went on at some length to mention the devil is the “biggest gossiper” who is seeking to divide the church along 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 an enormous effort: No gossiping!”

Pope Francis’ comments came as he elaborated on a Gospel passage about the necessity 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 once they err without airing problems in public.

Survivors of sexual assault have said this form of private reprimand which has allowed abuse to fester within the church and let both predator priests and superiors who covered up for them escape punishment.

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