Pope Francis Urges Vatican to Stop Gossiping, Exercise Professionalism

The Holy See advocates mercy over moralism

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Pope Francis adresses to journalists aboard the papal flight, on the way back to Italy from Brazil, on July 28, 2013.

Pope Francis urged Vatican officials Saturday to remember to practice professionalism and competence to evade the trappings of mediocrity and bureaucracy that have long mired the Catholic Church.

Francis made the remarks at a Christmas address to the Vatican Curia, the administrative governing body of the Catholic Church, the Associated Press reports.

The Holy See also emphasized that Church officials should act as “conscientious objectors” to gossip, calling the practice harmful to their work, and pushed for a church focused on mercy over moralizing.

Named TIME‘s Person of the Year, Pope Francis has spent his first year pushing reforms for the often antiquated Vatican system. He has already begun to shake up the Congregation for Bishops by removing a U.S. cardinal who was a flashpoint over the abortion and gay marriage wars, and other conservative figureheads. He will soon name his first set of cardinals and oversee recommendations for reforming the bureaucracy that riddles the church.

[AP]

52 comments
Carlos Austi
Carlos Austi

I prayer for You, you prayer for Me DEAR Pope, Carlos from ARGENTINA

Joel Avila
Joel Avila

miss your days as one neckbeard?

John Paez
John Paez

Great!!! I love u Pope Francis.

Jon Mutter
Jon Mutter

About time they had a leader with some integrity and humanity

Greg Fairweather
Greg Fairweather

How about he denounces his own religion. Tell followers to find god in themselves and use logic.

Gen Petrov
Gen Petrov

as Joels says, God don't want you to be poor, because what kind of God could want you to be weak and poor? Only losers God. This whole pope thing really suck. And, besides, I bet you are Windows and Android user, like all real losers. Osteen is the brightest the smartest the most inspiring preacher I ever heard. He is a real american treasure, not this guys

Gen Petrov
Gen Petrov

losers like you will be fan of this bad looking pope. he looks like a moron. Osteen write best selling books. With mansion he is more credible than this gays, they are the shame to Europe and that is why islam become more and more popular.

Shelley Farrell
Shelley Farrell

oh, yeah… an adorable con man who steals the money and buys gazillion dollar mansions… you loser.

Gen Petrov
Gen Petrov

Never heard about this elderly man with the Muslim-like hat. Personally I would prefer Joel Osteen to represent church hands down, Joel is adorable

Tere Ribano
Tere Ribano

Good on him. Hey Time, maybe you can pick up some tips from him.

Joe Utman
Joe Utman

I would say it's way past TIME for the Catholic Church to allow gays and lesbians, defrock and hand over to the police all pedopriests and let everyone else wear condoms and get divorces. Amen.

Joe Utman
Joe Utman

How about urging priests to stop molesting children...

Mike Clarkson Sr.
Mike Clarkson Sr.

Romans1:29. Yes, and that is just the priests. I mean really, how bad is it to gossip about what the others are wearing under their dresses. Boys will be boys!

Emma Solo
Emma Solo

They are still paying all the victims of pedophilia in USA. Its Human nature.

Ipaud Kerry
Ipaud Kerry

I want to get excited at this new Pope and the changes he makes are indeed worthy of praise and as a Catholic, I welcome the change. The Meh moment comes directly after, as he is a Jesuit and its their militant wing that he is in fact talking about. One can't help think that he could get that one sorted over the weekend, if he was really that interested in making those changes... Yep, get back in the bullet proof car Pope Francis if you are going to take that lot on!

Eliane Camargo
Eliane Camargo

Stop gossiping. exercise professionalism... Just Perfect.

Marietjie Brodrick du Preez
Marietjie Brodrick du Preez

Never! I would have voted for Nelson Mandela. There never was a greater and gentle man in our country. He was even an example for us christians. A man to look up to people.

Irma Torres
Irma Torres

Romans 1:29 "They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips," Such a wise Pope!

Wilson Dejo
Wilson Dejo

He should ordered them to be more modest and to spend less!

Oscar Lee
Oscar Lee

I'm sure all your hatred of the Catholic church will help all those children hurt by the church....hate breeds hate....give the Pope some slack to try to fix the problem...he's done so much in a year...he might even bring me back to the flock...

Micky Lopez
Micky Lopez

Joshua Duncan Starks i guess they do as all the other creepy figures which have other religion. I'm not specially religios but i think that many good people could feel offended by association.

Bertram Portelli
Bertram Portelli

better check some online statistics on who "touch little boys" around the world

Joel Agudo
Joel Agudo

this holds true all over the world!

Johnny Peteru
Johnny Peteru

Time , your a propaganda tool & you write serious rubbish

Micky Lopez
Micky Lopez

That's a change! Wouldn't surprise me that one day the vatican announces that pope francis died "peacefully" in his sleep. Wouldn't be the first after trying to change de vatican getting it more "down to earth"

JohnDagne
JohnDagne

He is correct mercy over moralizing. That is for all people on Earth, not just Catholics.

SeanMellin
SeanMellin

Right now it arises and angers me greatly the increasingly flippant and total disregard for people towards other peoples privacy and the decent treatment of people, dignity, and basic human rights. Rather than a shrewd contempt for the Almighty and flippant disregard holding them there faceless, nameless all the while squeezing the life blood of the good will of people. I will come down on them like Earth on a sled and they will know my name is the Lord's and it will be their own wickedness and evil doing that lead to their demise. Metaphorically (so)! Ha Ha!