Pope Francis has warned that priests can become "little monsters," in an emphatic call for his religious order to "wake up the world."
The pontiff has said that if priests are not trained properly, they could be guilty of "the worst evils."
When would-be priests merely "grit their teeth, try not to make mistakes, follow the rules smiling a lot, just waiting for the day when they are told 'Good, you have finished formation… it is hypocrisy that is the result of clericalism, which is one of the worst evils," Francis was quoted as saying.
The training of priests, he said, must be a "work of art, not a police action," saying their time studying must be used to mold their hearts as well as their minds.
"Otherwise we are creating little monsters," he said. "And then these little monsters mold the people of God. This really gives me goose bumps," he was quoted as saying.
The pontiff made the comments during a closed-door meeting of 120 superiors of religious orders who gathered at the Vatican for their regular assembly, reported by the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica.
The magazine, which interviewed Francis last year, quoted the pope as telling the superiors he wants them to "wake up the world" with their work, particularly with the poor.
"Truly to understand reality we need to move away from the central position of calmness and peacefulness and direct ourselves to the peripheral areas," he said.
Francis also warned against accepting men for the priesthood who may have been implicated in sexual abuse or other problems, saying the protection of the Catholic faithful is most important, the Associated Press reported.
Though he's reaffirmed rules condemning abortion, contraception use and homosexuality, Francis has also called for church leaders to stop clinging so doggedly to those doctrines. He's instead urged officials to focus on extending compassion, inclusion and evangelisation.
Stealing from the tables of the the poor
Throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the the poor, the hungry! I encourage everyone to reflect on the problem of thrown away and wasted food to identify ways and means that, by seriously addressing this issue, are a vehicle of solidarity and sharing with the needy. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/pope-francis-world-environment-day_n_3390299.html" target="_blank">Read more</a>
'Money Has To Serve, Not To Rule!'
Pope Francis has denounced the global financial system, blasting the "cult of money" that he says is tyrannizing the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/16/pope-francis-global-financial-system-_n_3285442.html?utm_hp_ref=pope-francis" target="_blank">Read more</a>
'Poor Church For The Poor'
'Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/16/pope-says-wants-poor-church_n_2889991.html" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Men And Women Sacrificed To the Idols Of Profit
Man is not in charge today, money is in charge, money rules. God our Father did not give the task of caring for the earth to money, but to us, to men and women: we have this task! Instead, men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the "culture of waste." On <a href="http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/05/pope_at_audience:_counter_a_culture_of_waste_with_solidarity/en1-698604" target="_blank">World Environment Day</a>
'If Banks Fail It is A Tragedy, If People Die Of Hunger It's Nothing'
"Today, and it breaks my heart to say it, finding a homeless person who has died of cold, is not news. Today, the news is scandals, that is news, but the many children who don't have food - that's not news. This is grave. We can't rest easy while things are this way." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/18/pope-church-must-help-the-poor_n_3299764.html?utm_hp_ref=pope-francis" target="_blank">Read more </a>
'Slave Labor Goes Against God'
"A headline that really struck me on the day of the tragedy in Bangladesh was 'Living on 38 euros a month'. That is what the people who died were being paid. This is called slave labour." "Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking at how to make a profit. That goes against God!" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/01/pope-francis-slave-labor_n_3191288.html?utm_hp_ref=pope-francis" target="_blank">Read more </a>
No More 'Profit At Any Cost'
'Those Most In Need'
Choose A Humble Car
Pope Francis waves to faithful upon his arrival at the Pontiff's residence of Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Sunday July 14, 2013, in a Ford Focus. The down-to-earth Pope called for greater austerity from religious figures last week, saying, “It hurts me when I see a priest or nun with the latest-model car. You can’t do this. A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but, please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world." The Ford Focus is a compact car with a starting sticker price of just about $16,000. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/15/pope-francis-car-ford-focus-humble_n_3598402.html" target="_blank">Read more</a>
'Prayer, Humility, Charity'
'The Most Needy'
'Moral And Material Poverty'
'Culture of Waste'