Pope Francis: It's a sin to spread fake news
Pope Francis compared media outlets that spread disinformation and cover scandals to smear politicians to people who become aroused by excrement. In an interview with the Belgian Catholic weekly "Tertio," Francis said scandal-mongering media outlets risk falling prey to coprophilia, or arousal from excrement, and the consumers risk coprophagia, or eating excrement.
"I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into — no offense intended — the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true," he said, according to Reuters.
"And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of damage can be done."