Pope Francis discusses how 'Christian craftiness' prevents one from becoming corrupt

Pope Francis talked about corruption during a homily in the Vatican on Nov. 10 and reminded some people that the goods they were administering were not theirs, while also explaining to the Christians how a certain kind of "craftiness" can help keep them from becoming corrupt.

(REUTERS / Max Rossi)Pope Francis leads the opening mass for the synod of bishops on the family at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican October 3, 2015.

Speaking to the faithful gathered at the Casa Santa Marta residence on Friday, Pope Francis based his message on the parable of the dishonest steward from the book of Luke who was able to make a deal with people who owed money to his master. The pontiff explained that there were two kinds of craftiness --- one being practiced by the "children of this world," and the other by the children of light, the Vatican Radio relayed.

Pope Francis said there were certain kinds of craftiness that would help a Christian continue serving the Lord and other people "without falling into the ring of corruption." And in the Bible, Jesus talked about believers being "lambs among wolves" and "prudent as serpents and simple as doves."

Healthy mistrust was the first attitude involved in Christian craftiness, according to the pontiff, and this conveyed that one must be wary especially of a person who "promises too much." The second was reflection amidst the devil's temptations, while the third one was prayer.

At the end of his message, Pope Francis said Christians cannot afford to be naïve. He reminded them that the Holy Spirit resided within them and would protect them from corruption.

Earlier this month, Pope Francis also discussed the issue of corruption when he reflected on the Gospel for the day after the Angelus in St. Peter's Square. He compared corrupt people to the Pharisees who use their authority to subdue the people beneath them, Rome Reports detailed.

The pontiff pointed out that authority was indeed useful. However, a person becomes an oppressor once he abuses his authority because he creates an environment that stifles growth and fosters distrust and hostility.

Pope Francis reminded Christians that they ought not to look down on other people and judge based on appearance. Rather, they must practice humility and love.