The World Is Tired Of “Charming Liars” and “Trendy Priests and Bishops” – Pope Francis

The World Is Tired Of “Charming Liars” and “Trendy Priests and Bishops” – Pope Francis

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

Speaking to newly-appointed bishops in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on Friday, Pope Francis said that “The world is tired of charming liars, and I might say, of ‘trendy’ priests or ‘trendy’ bishops.”

 

“People can ‘smell’ it — the people of God have God’s nose. People can ‘smell’ it and they move away when they see narcissists, manipulators, defenders of their own causes, and bandits of vain crusades,” he said, urging them instead to make their ministry an “icon of mercy, the only force capable of permanently seducing and attracting man’s heart.”

“One can ignore an indifferent and distant God, but one cannot so easily resist a God who is so close and has even been wounded for love,” the pope said. “Goodness, beauty, truth, and love: this is what we have to offer this beggar world, albeit in half-broken bowls.”

 

The audience came at the end of a formation course for new bishops organized by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

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