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Pope Francis: Never speak poorly of others
Vatican News Agency ^ | March 28, 2013

Posted on 03/29/2013 11:34:24 AM PDT by NYer

2013-03-28 L’Osservatore Romano

Speaking poorly of someone else is equivalent to selling them. Like Judas, who sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. And it was precisely by drawing inspiration from the Gospel passage from Matthew which foretells the betrayal of Judas Iscariot that Pope Francis – in his brief Homily at the Mass he celebrated on Wednesday morning, 27 March, in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae – put people on guard against gossip with an explicit invitation: “Never speak poorly of other people”.

Present at the celebration, as has now become a tradition, were several Vatican employees including a group from the Office of Papal Charities and a group from the Vatican Telephone Service, accompanied respectively by Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Almoner of His Holiness, and Fr Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, Director of Telecommunications, both of whom concelebrated.

The Pope wanted to leave them a thought on the action of Judas, one of Jesus' friends, who did not hesitate to sell him to the chief priests. “Jesus was like a commodity; he was sold. He was sold at that moment”, the Pope emphasized, “and also very frequently sold in the market of history, in the market of life, in the market of our lives. When we opt for thirty pieces of silver, we set Jesus aside”.

When we visit an acquaintance and the conversation turns into gossip, into back-stabbing and the person at the centre of our babbling “becomes a commodity. I do not know why”, the Pope said further, “but there is some arcane pleasure in scandalmongering”. We begin with kind words, “but then comes the gossip. And we begin to tear the other person to pieces”. And it is then that we must remember that every time we behave like this, “we are doing what Judas did”; when he went to the chief priests to sell Jesus, his heart was closed, he had no understanding, no love and no friendship. Thus Pope Francis took up one of his favourite themes, forgiveness. “We think of and ask for forgiveness”, because what we do to the other, to our friend, “we do to Jesus. Because Jesus is in this friend”. And if we realize that our gossiping can hurt someone, “let us pray the Lord, let us speak to the Lord about this, for the good of the other: Lord, help him”. So it must not be me, he therefore concluded, “who does justice with my own tongue. Let us ask the Lord for this grace”.

At the end of the celebration, the Holy Father remained in prayer at the back of the chapel. He then waited at the door for everyone who had come, to greet them one by one: for everyone a word, a smile, an encouragement and good wishes for Easter, now at hand.


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: popefrancis

1 posted on 03/29/2013 11:34:24 AM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/29/2013 11:34:54 AM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer

How do I describe Democrats?


3 posted on 03/29/2013 11:39:06 AM PDT by csmusaret (America is more divided today , not because of the problems we face but because of Obama's solutions)
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To: NYer

Never is a mighty big word.


4 posted on 03/29/2013 11:40:56 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: NYer

The Pope is stoopid.


5 posted on 03/29/2013 11:44:34 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Vera the possum is US.)
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To: NYer

Then how will he discuss islamism?


6 posted on 03/29/2013 11:47:06 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: NYer
Yeah, because Jesus never spoke poorly about any of his enemies....
< eyeroll>
7 posted on 03/29/2013 11:50:12 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: NYer

Is he the Pope of the “Church of Political Correctness” now?


8 posted on 03/29/2013 11:51:20 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: NYer

Too late.


9 posted on 03/29/2013 11:55:25 AM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: Trod Upon

Love your tag line; fully agree.


10 posted on 03/29/2013 11:57:31 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: csmusaret

“How do I describe Democrats?”

As fellow Americans, of the opposition party.

the way Reagan, Lincoln or Ike would have


11 posted on 03/29/2013 11:58:46 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: NYer

The Pope has never met John “old moss back” McCain.

If he ever does he might make an exception.


12 posted on 03/29/2013 11:59:03 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (Forget Mexico. Put the border fence around California.)
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To: csmusaret

“How do I describe Democrats?”

They’re ‘some kind of people’..


13 posted on 03/29/2013 12:07:48 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: NYer

0bama and the Democrats are really something special.


14 posted on 03/29/2013 12:09:13 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Carl LaFong

No, he isn’t.

“Don unto others as you would have them do unto you.”


15 posted on 03/29/2013 12:09:29 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Carl LaFong

No, he isn’t.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”


16 posted on 03/29/2013 12:09:41 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

He’s talking about gossip. If people would actually read the article...


17 posted on 03/29/2013 12:12:21 PM PDT by SMCC1
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To: NYer

Does that means gays too.


18 posted on 03/29/2013 12:15:20 PM PDT by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: NYer

Pope Francis and Cardinal Dolan are dedicated religious men.The “can’t we all just get along” attitude is a little tiring. Many would appreciate them taking on the devil in the fight against abortion homosexual marriage and hypocritical politicians. What Cuomo, Obama, Pelosi, Biden etc. are doing to Christian religions needs to be addressed.


19 posted on 03/29/2013 12:16:32 PM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: NYer
He, Francis, Bishop of Rome, most certainly does speak poorly of others, including his own Pope while he was a bishop:

Reacting within days to the statements, speaking through a spokesman to Newsweek Argentina, then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio declared his "unhappiness" with the statements, made at the University of Regensburg in Germany, and encouraged many of his subordinates with the Church to do the same. ..............

"Pope Benedict's statement don't reflect my own opinions", the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires declared. "These statements will serve to destroy in 20 seconds the careful construction of a relationship with Islam that Pope John Paul II built over the last twenty years".

20 posted on 03/29/2013 12:22:37 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Carl LaFong

Actually he is wise and loving and powerfully EFFECTIVE.

;-)


21 posted on 03/29/2013 12:43:12 PM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: fwdude
Yeah, because Jesus never spoke poorly about any of his enemies.... < eyeroll>

What part of "whitewashed sepulchers" did the Pope not read?

22 posted on 03/29/2013 1:06:11 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy
He's talking about gossip, Alex. He's not talking about just judgment.

Is that so hard to understand?

Didn't we all get "context reading" in 5th grade?

23 posted on 03/29/2013 1:10:41 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ( Habemus Papam.)
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To: NYer

The Pope is wrong. While he might find it bad form to speak poorly of others the Lord Almighty (who outranks Francis) commands that we are not to bear false witness.

Therefore you speak the TRUTH be it good or bad.


24 posted on 03/29/2013 1:11:52 PM PDT by MeganC (The left have so twisted public perceptions that the truth now appears pornographic.- SpaceBar)
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To: fwdude

Did you read it?

He’s speaking of GOSSIP. Gossip is one of the most destructive things imaginable.

How politically correct is that? Or do the Gospels and Acts and Letters let THAT slide?


25 posted on 03/29/2013 1:27:30 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: NYer
Sorry, no can do.


             Actually, there's no 'sorry' about it.

26 posted on 03/29/2013 1:28:57 PM PDT by tomkat
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.. (but i don't do gossip, never have)
27 posted on 03/29/2013 1:31:54 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: csmusaret
Q:"How do I describe Democrats?"

A: Democrats.

Isn't that one word descriptive enough?

28 posted on 03/29/2013 2:11:00 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: SMCC1
He’s talking about gossip. If people would actually read the article...

Yes - Gossip is wrong, that is what I got out of it too
29 posted on 03/29/2013 2:23:27 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: NYer

I don’t speak poorly.

When I describe someone as an idiot, I’m usually very precise!


30 posted on 03/29/2013 2:25:55 PM PDT by djf (I don't want to be safe. I want to be FREE!)
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To: djf

It takes one to know one ;)


31 posted on 03/29/2013 2:31:50 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: NYer

Let me put this into perspective for you all. If you complain to a neighbor about another neighbor allowing his/her children to play in the busy street and risk getting run over, you are NOT gossiping. You are merely warning people to watch for those unfortunate children, but if you say Mrs. So and So down the street is having an affair, you ARE gossiping.


32 posted on 03/29/2013 2:57:32 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

How do you know?


33 posted on 03/29/2013 3:00:06 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: MeganC
"The Pope is wrong. While he might find it bad form to speak poorly of others the Lord Almighty (who outranks Francis) commands that we are not to bear false witness."

Pope is not wrong. You may be misinterpreting to whom he's speaking and taking his message out of context. For example, he could be speaking about the media who has lied, twisted stories to defame someone just so they could keep their jobs ($$) and be the focus of attention. The media would be Judas. Those who repeat the media's lies, would be little judasses because they are magnifying lies and sacrificing someone good so they could make themselves look good and knowledgeable. They would be gossiping. THEY would be the ones bearing false witness!!

Now, if you say the media is lying and have facts to backup your position, you are then defending the truth and the person who is being defamed. You are not bearing false witness but are setting the truth free! Just make sure that while defending a good person, you do not put down the bearer of lies. Might as well not mention the liars/gossipers because that would still keep them on a pedestal.

That's what I get from Pope Francis' message.

34 posted on 03/29/2013 3:09:40 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

If he is speaking against spreading falsehoods then he is right. If he is speaking against doing verbal harm to someone, even though that may be true, then he is wrong.

The truth deserves to be spoken boldly and without cessation.


35 posted on 03/29/2013 4:16:03 PM PDT by MeganC (The left have so twisted public perceptions that the truth now appears pornographic.- SpaceBar)
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To: SMCC1
He’s talking about gossip. If people would actually read the article...

Too many on FR have knee-jerk POLITICAL reactions to the Pope's words, forgetting that he's talking on a MORAL plane, not a political one.

36 posted on 03/31/2013 11:34:40 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: MeganC
Therefore you speak the TRUTH be it good or bad.

The Church teaches against the sin of CALUMNY, which is speaking what might be the truth about someone, but doing so only to try to tear down that person, PERSONALLY, in the eyes of someone else, in order to hurt them. This isn't the same as pointing out what we might consider an error in someone's political views, in order to advance our own.

37 posted on 03/31/2013 11:37:46 AM PDT by SuziQ
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