Pope declares “gossiping is a plague worse than COVID”

Pope Francis declares “gossiping is a plague worse than COVID”

September 7, 2020 / 6:56 AM
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2nd wave of coronavirus could be weeks away, … Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, September 6, 2020.  Francis’ comments came as he elaborated on a Gospel passage about the need to correct others privately when they do something wrong. First published on September 7, 2020 / 6:56 AM Pope Francis delivers the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. “Gossip is a plague worse than COVID. Worse. 01:44

Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church. Let’s make a big effort: No gossiping!”

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The coronavirus has killed more than 889,000 worldwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins. Francis didn’t give specifics during his weekly blessing, but went on at some length to say the devil is the “biggest gossiper” who is seeking to divide the church with his lies. Francis strayed from his prepared text to double down on his frequent complaint about gossiping within church communities and even within the Vatican bureaucracy. Gregorio Borgia / AP

“Please brothers and sisters, let’s try to not gossip,” he said. The Catholic hierarchy has long relied on this “fraternal correction” among priests and bishops to correct them when they err without airing problems in public.Survivors of sexual abuse have said this form of private reprimand has allowed abuse to fester in the church and let both predator priests and superiors who covered up for them escape punishment.