Idolatry of wealth, beauty, fortune-telling demands a costly sacrifice, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Idolatry is a human inclination that spares neither believers nor atheists and deprives people of life and love in exchange for slavery to unfulfilled dreams, says Pope Francis.
Although wealth, fame, beauty and power differ from the idols of ancient times, they all require “a human sacrifice,” the pope said Aug. 1 during his weekly general audience.
“For a career, children are sacrificed (by) neglecting them or simply not having them,” he said. “Beauty demands human sacrifice. How many hours are spent in front of the mirror?”
“Idols demand blood,” Pope Francis said.
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