Pope warns clergy risk ridicule over riches
Pope Francis told the Vatican's ambassadors to countries around the world that they risked "ridicule" if they lived overly comfortable lives, in the latest expression of his desire for a more austere Catholic Church.
The Argentinian Pope said the apostolic nuncios, as the Holy See ambassadors are known, should eschew a "bourgeois" style of life and reject the pursuit of worldly goods. He said they had a vital role in the countries they represented by making recommendations for clergy who should be made bishops.
But he urged them to avoid candidates who were overly ambitious or showed "a princely psychology". "There is always a risk ... of giving in to that sort of 'bourgeoisie of the spirit and life' which drives one to recline, to seek out a comfortable and tranquil life," he told the ambassadors, who had gathered at the Vatican from all over the world.
"Giving in to such a worldly spirit exposes us pastors in particular to ridicule," he said. (©Daily Telegraph, London)