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By Jules Gomes, Church Militant, June 30, 2020
‘No one complained about Herod’s evil’
VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) – Pope Francis, a relentless critic of populist leaders, has cautioned Catholics not to criticize secular and spiritual leaders as even during the apostolic period “no one complained about Herod’s evil and his persecution.”
“No one abused Herod — and we are so accustomed to abuse those who are in charge,” the pontiff preached in his Monday homily for the solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul — a feast marked as a secular holiday in Rome.
“It is pointless, even tedious, for Christians to waste their time complaining about the world, about society, about everything that is not right. Complaints change nothing,” the Holy Father chided, addressing a small congregation at St. Peter’s Basilica.
“Humanly speaking, there were reasons to criticize Peter, but no one criticized him. They did not complain about Peter; they prayed for him,” Francis declaimed. …