Pope Francis gave a stinging address to the Roman Curia today, as you’ve probably already seen. He listed 15 ailments of the Roman curia. Readers of the liturgy blog will be interested in the seventh:
The disease: Rivalry and vainglory
The symptoms: “When the appearance, the color of vestments and honors become the first objectives of life … it is the disease that leads us to become false men and women, living a false ‘mysticism.’
The Vatican news site translates it thus:
“The ailment of rivalry and vainglory: when appearances, the color of one’s robes, insignia and honors become the most important aim in life. … It is the disorder that leads us to become false men and women, living a false ‘mysticism’ and a false ‘quietism’.”
The entire address makes one wonder just what this courageous pope all has in mind for the future of the Catholic Church.