In what is now a recurring theme, the Pope expresses his opposition to Church careerists that would use the religious life to further personal or political ambitions.
In an address to the International Union of Superiors General the Pope told the 800 sisters gathered that they must be spiritual mothers and not "old maids."
Pope Francis has told nuns from around the world that they must be spiritual mothers and not "old maids."Once again I call for the banning and burning of that eternal sign of careerism and personal ambition, the pantsuit must die!
Francis also warned the sisters against using their vocations for personal ambition, saying priests and sisters who do so "do more harm to the church."
Francis has complained frequently about such "careerism" in the church — a buzzword that is frequently used to describe Holy See bureaucrats.
The pope made the comments during an audience Wednesday with about 800 sisters attending an assembly of the International Union of Superiors General, which gathers the leaders of women's religious orders from some 75 countries.