Pope Francis orders his ambassadors to follow the line by forbidding them to blog about him or criticizing his policies
- More than 100 ambassadors or & # 39; nunti & # 39; s & # 39; received orders from the pope
- Francis ordered the ambassadors to stop blogging and criticize his policy
- It comes when the Church deals with the consequences of sex scandals around the world
Pope Francis instructed his ambassadors to follow the line on Thursday by telling them not to blog about him or openly criticize his policy.
In a document that was handed over to more than 100 ambassadors in Rome for meetings with leading Vatican officials, Francis told the envoys that they had to & # 39; live for the things of God and not for those of the world & # 39 ;.
Francis told envoys that they may have concerns about the papal policy, but they do not represent themselves and cannot criticize the pope behind his back, have no blogs, or join groups that are hostile to him. & # 39;
Pope Francis sent a document to more than 100 ambassadors in Rome to point out strict new rules to them
The Vatican is a sovereign state, as is the headquarters of the 1.3 billion member Roman Catholic Church, and it has diplomatic relations with more than 180 countries.
The ambassadors, known as nuncios, are often the highest and most visible diplomats in a given country.
As the church has become more polarized under Francis, some nuntiuses have approached the social media to directly criticize some of the papal decisions or to draw attention to criticism from conservative groups.
In recent years, some Vatican nunciuses or other diplomats have also been embroiled in scandals.
The nuncio in France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, is being investigated in Paris for allegations of sexual abuse.
In 2013, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the ambassador to the Dominican Republic, was accused of paying boys for sex. He was recalled, detained in the Vatican and discharged from the priesthood, but died in 2015 for his trial.
Last year, a Vatican court sentenced an Italian priest, Carlo Alberto Capella, to five years in prison for possession of child pornography while he was a diplomat in Washington.
Pope Francis greets a number of senior Vatican officials from Indonesia in Rome this week
& # 39; A man of God does not mislead or deceive others, does not give in to gossip or bad talk with others. He keeps a pure mind and heart, and does not let his eyes and ears get polluted by the filth of the world, & said the Pope.
Nuntios going off the rails, even damaging the church, he told them.
Some ambassadors of the Vatican have also come under fire because of the exuberant lifestyle.
& # 39; It is ugly to see that a nuncio is looking for luxury, for designer clothes, among people who have been deprived of their necessities, & # 39 ;, said Francis.
He instructed them to reject gifts from the powerful who wanted to influence them, and to spend time with the poor and others on the fringes of society.
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