Vatican City, Sep 11, 2018 / 15:20 pm
Satan is working to uncover the sins of bishops so that they will be visible and a cause of scandal, Pope Francis said during his homily at Mass on Tuesday.
“This is good to remember, in these times in which it seems that the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible, in order to scandalize the people. The Great Accuser, as he himself says to God in the first chapter of the Book of Job, 'roams the earth looking for someone to accuse'. A bishop’s strength against the Great Accuser is prayer, that of Jesus and his own; and the humility of being chosen and remaining close to the people of God, without seeking an aristocratic life that removes this unction,” the pope said Sept. 11 during his Mass at the chapel of the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta.
“Let us pray, today, for our bishops: for me, for those who are here, and for all the bishops throughout the world.”
Francis preached on the day's Gospel, which was Luke's account of the choosing of the twelve apostles, and focused on the episcopacy.