Matthew’s Letter to the Hierarchy

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2‘The pope, cardinals and bishops sit on Peter’s seat; 3therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. 4They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,* and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. 5They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their miters tall, their capes long and their coppa magnas lengthy. They close wealthy churches and sell off the property to pay the victims of the sex abuse they tried to cover up. 6They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the high places, churches and cathedrals, 7and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have people call them “Your Excellency” or “Your Grace,” “Your Eminence,” or “Your Holiness.” . . .

11The greatest among you will be your servant. 12All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

Hierarchs, hear what Jesus the Christ says!!!

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