Pope Francis did not play Santa Claus today when he addressed the officials of the Roman Curia in their annual pre-Christmas get-together. Instead, he issued a blistering critique of “curial illnesses,” ranging from the “terrorism of gossip” to the search for worldly profit. It was another sign that this pope is trying to change the culture inside the Vatican, and not simply reform its bureaucratic structures. Here is the pope’s list of what he described as 15 of the most common illnesses and temptations that are found in the Roman Curia: 1. Feeling oneself as “immortal,” “immune” or even “indispensable,” a sense of superiority that results from a “pathology of power” and narcissism. To put
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