Vatican City, Nov 5, 2023 / 06:56 am
During his Sunday Angelus address on Nov. 5, Pope Francis warned against living a double life, highlighting the dangers it presents for authentic Christian witness and its potential to create a crisis of credibility for the Church.
The warning stemmed from the day’s Gospel reading in which Jesus warns against following the examples of the scribes and the Pharisees.
Quoting Matthew’s Gospel, the pope told the crowd: “Jesus uses very severe words, ‘For they preach, but do not practice … they do all their deeds to be seen by others.’”
Like the scribes and the Pharisees, “the religious leaders of the people,” the pope warned that this incoherence presents a problem not only for those who serve the Church, but anyone who is called to “a role of responsibility.”