Pope Francis Blasts Vatican Hypocrisy

The pontiff criticized cardinals who gossip, build powerful cliques in the shadows, treat others as if they are inferior and live lives of luxury.
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to Rome and a stubbing move by the pope tonight. It is usually the holy father's Christmas greeting for top Vatican officials. Instead, they got a withering critique. Calling them out for being gossips, power hungry. Telling them they must do better. ABC's terry Moran now. Reporter: It was basically the office Christmas party -- Vatican style. But pope Francis was anything but jolly. In scorching words, Francis blasted the top officials of the catholic church for being more ambitious than they are pious. He said many of them are sick, suffering from a "Spiritual Alzheimer's." But there was more. A lot more. Some cardinals practice the "Terrorism of gossip," the pope thundered, building powerful cliques in the shadows. "Reprehensible," he called that. Some lead hidden, dissolut lives and still other have the disease of accumulation of Meryl goods. It tells us that pope Francis is not afraid of anything, anybody. And he's not afraid to ruffle some feters as he did today. Reporter: So, Francis' real message cede? Merry Christmas. Try practicing what we preach. Terry Moran, ABC news, London.

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