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Katie van Schaijik

The enemy within

May. 11, 2010, at 1:43pm

The Pope had sobering words about Church scandals today. They are sobering, but cheering too, because they are true, and offer hope for healing.

“Today we see in a truly terrifying way that the greatest persecution of the church does not come from outside enemies but is born of sin within the church,” the 83-year-old pontiff said in response to a question about the scandal, submitted in advance.

“The church has a deep need to learn to do penance, accept purification, and to learn to ask forgiveness,” he said. But he added that “forgiveness cannot be a substitute for justice.”

Do penance; accept purification; ask forgiveness; and do not imagine that the demand for justice is vindictive and unforgiving.


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