Pope Francis said some in the church suffer from lust of power

Pope Francis said some in the church suffer from a lust of power

Pope Francis has harshly criticised Vatican bureaucracy in a Christmas speech, saying that some in the church suffered from “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and a lust for power.

Vatican watchers said they had never heard such a powerful, violent speech from a pope and suggested that it was informed by the results of a secret investigation ordered up by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in the aftermath of the 2012 leaks of his papers.

Francis told cardinals, bishops and priests on Monday the Vatican was riven with “existential schizophrenia”, “social exhibitionism”, “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and a lust for power, all of which made for an “orchestra that plays out of tune”.

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