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Pope Francis on spreading rumors: 'This shouldn't be done. We shouldn't do it'

In "The Book: A Global History," Michael F. Suarez ,S.J. writes:

Pope Francis suggests that we refrain from certain forms of communication that are tainted by jealousy and envy
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“Lacking any intrinsic value, words are only valuable in an instrumental way. Thus, the value of words resides in their ability to accomplish something.”

Yesterday, in his weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis noted that although Roman Catholic parishes are meant to be places of sharing, there are some forms of communication that are not straightforward, and may be tainted by jealousy and envy, and are misguided:

"... but this isn't the Church. This shouldn't be done,We shouldn't do it"

he adds quietly, patient with the compassion and expressing the mercy of a loving parent who has reason to believe their child has the capacity to follow a higher road, and resist that temptation.

In William Shakespeare's Prologue to “Henry IV Part II,” his character, Rumor – costumed in a gown of painted tongues – says:

"Rumor is a pipe, blown of surmises, jealousies, conjectures, and of so easy and so plain a stop that the blunt monster with uncounted heads, the still-discordant wavering multitude. can play upon it."

Although it may be some aspect of our shared human nature to accentuate the competitive spirit, there are some methods of competing that are more ethical than others, and which may be even more practical and effective, while remaining free from the need to compromise what is of the most essential value: the truth.

In January of this year, the Pontiff had warned against the danger that the expression of rumors fueled by envy, had a stifling influence on our experience of joy, and that harboring bitterness exerts an inhibiting influence on our ability to expressing praise for God through our reaching our own individual potential.

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