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Abuse of power is weapons-grade violence Pope tells Curia

Don't take advantage of position to mortify others says Francis

(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 22 - Clerical abuse of power amounts to weapons-grade violence, Pope Francis told the Roman Curia Thursday.
    "There is not only violence of weapons, there is verbal violence, psychological violence, the violence of the abuse of power, the violence of hidden chatter that does so much harm, destroys so much," Francis told the Curia, which comprises the administrative institutions of the Holy See and the central body through which the affairs of the Catholic Church are conducted.
    "Each and every one does not take advantage of one's position and role to mortify others," Francis went on.
    "Mercy is accepting that the other can also have his limits.
    "Even in this case it is right to admit that people and institutions, precisely because they are human, are also limited. "A pure Church for the pure is only the revival of the Cathar heresy," the Argentine pontiff added in his Christmas greetings to the Curia. (ANSA).


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