Pope Francis "isms"
To newly appointed bishops: "Don't be airport bishops" (bishops who spend too much time away from their dioceses)
To pastors: The Confessional is not a 'torture chamber'
The Sacrament of the Eucharist is not a 'magic rite'
On the need to be politically active: Dont respond to the crisis with a Pontius Pilate-like attitude
To Vatican Police on spiritual war: Napoleon is not coming anymore
Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed arbiter of the church’s morals, kept sticking her nose in the other members’ private lives. Church members were unappreciative of her activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence.
She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his pickup truck parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon.
She commented to George and others that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing.
George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just walked away. He didn’t explain, defend, or deny; he said nothing.
Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred’s house... and left it there all night!
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**If (you hear) someone gossiping, stop him! (Say) here there can be none of that: walk out of St. Annes Gate. Go outside and talk there! Here you cannot!**
One of the priests from the local Abbey would go totally silent if gossip arose. If it didn’t stop, then he would leave.