Pope Francis has regularly warned people of the risks of gossiping, and on this Sunday, he took it to the church to further talk on how gossip is deadlier than corona. Without going into a specific scenario, he said the devil is “the biggest gossiper,” seeking to divide the church with lies. The pope went ahead and warned the church by saying, “Please, brothers and sisters, let’s make an effort not to gossip. Gossiping is a worse plague than COVID.”
And also, during his weekly address from a window above St. Peter’s Square, he said that the devil is a great gossip. He is always saying bad things about others because he is the liar who tries to split the Church. Instead of gossiping, he urges one to offer silence and prayer for the person who makes a mistake. The Catholic hierarchy has long relied on correcting individuals in private and even asking their priests and bishops not to air problems in public. However, The Guardian reported that the Sexual abuse survivors have complained that this form of private correction has allowed abuse to grow in the church and let the criminals escape punishment.