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Pope says Christians 'trapped' by fault-finding are 'sad'

Francis compares generation of critics to discontented children

13 December, 12:37
Pope says Christians 'trapped' by fault-finding are 'sad' (ANSA) - Vatican City, December 13 - Christians who fear opening the door to the Holy Spirit but instead remain closed and critical of everything are "sad," Pope Francis said Friday.

During morning Mass at St. Martha's House, the Vatican guest house where the pope lives, Francis referred to Gospel teachings where Jesus compared adults of his generation to children who are always unhappy and refuse even things that are good for them and enjoyable. This describes people who are "not open to the word of God" but instead find fault with everyone, suggesting they are "allergic to priests" and the message they carry, said the pope.

"They prefer a life caged," with their beliefs, even if these do them no good, he said.

"These Christians are closed, they are trapped and it is sad that these Christians are not free," the pope added.