Vatican City, 30 March, 2021 / 4:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis told priests on Monday that “spiritual worldliness” is one of the worst temptations in clerical life.
“Today’s problems demand that we priests conform to the Lord,” the pope said in an audience with students of the Pontifical Mexican College at the Vatican on March 29.
“We are called not to underestimate the worldly temptations that can lead to insufficient personal knowledge, self-referential attitudes, consumerism, and multiple forms of evasion of our responsibilities. … Please beware of worldliness. It is the door to corruption,” Pope Francis said.
During the meeting in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the pope encouraged the Mexican clergy to keep their gaze fixed on “Christ, the Suffering Servant.”
The pope pointed to the writings of 20th-century Jesuit theologian Henri de Lubac, particularly recommending the last few pages of his book, “The Splendor of the Church,” on spiritual worldliness.