(ANSA) - Vatican City, December 5 - Hypocrites who speak of
Catholicism but don't back their words with Christian behavior
were condemned Thursday by Pope Francis as "vain" and
"A Christian word without Christ at its centre leads to
vanity, to pride, power for the sake of power," said Francis in
his homily during morning Mass at St. Martha's House, the
Vatican guesthouse where the pope lives.
Such behavior is an act of vanity that causes divisions in
the Church, he added.
Francis noted that the Bible describes how Jesus rebuked
the Pharisees for knowing the Ten Commandments, but failing to
practice their lessons.
"Words are good, but only if they are put into practice,"
Otherwise, "they hurt, they deceive us, make us believe
that we have a beautiful home, but without a foundation".
The Lord, he added, breaks down these people who believe
themselves to be like the rock the Church was founded on.