Impromptu Pope in strong words on abuse

Pope in strongest comments to date on sex abuse crisis. Prepping a Sodano "retirement"? And when is that visit to the Pope Celestine Shrine? Mid-July.

From the NY Times: “The greatest persecution of the church does not come from the enemies outside, but is born from sin inside the church. . . . The church has a profound need to relearn penance, to accept purification, to learn on the one hand forgiveness but also the necessity of justice. And forgiveness does not substitute justice.”

Advertisement
Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
James Lindsay
7 years 5 months ago
I have never before heard of a Pope doing an airplane sitdown with the press. His Holiness has style and hopefully a good food taster, given what he seems to be about to do to the Curia. He is a blessing to the Church - and not just the Roman part.
David Cruz-Uribe
7 years 5 months ago
One thing which this press conference demonstrates (again) is the inability of the Vatican to manage its messaging.  As other commenters have pointed out, the Vatican is a relatively loosely organized body and so inevitably there is going to be some mixed messages.  Nevertheless, one would expect senior people to take their lead from the Pope.  If these recent comments are not a change of heart and reflect the Pope's long term thinking (and everything points in this direction) then I really have to wonder what his subordinates are thinking when they say things at cross-purposes.  It is okay to have differing views, but forcing your boss to contradict you is never a good thing.
7 years 5 months ago
The Pope instructs us, as has Our Lady in every apparition, over and over and over again:

(1) Benedict told reporters that the church had to relearn “conversion, prayer, penance.”

(2) Pope Benedict stated: "the apparitions at Fátima had a central message: “Penance, penance, penance.”

We will not listen...it is the same call to holiness throughout time...

Ad Jesum per Mariam
Brendan McGrath
7 years 5 months ago
"...His Holiness has style and hopefully a good food taster, given what he seems to be about to do to the Curia."  - Please God he actually does it.  Over at First Things, there's an article by Joseph Bottum saying that Cardinal Sodana "has to go."  Please God Benedict does something like that - Cardinal Law would be another good start.  We need him to ACT.

Advertisement

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

It is astonishing to think that God would choose to enter the world this way: as a fragile newborn who could not even hold up his own head without help.
Ginny Kubitz MoyerOctober 20, 2017
Protestors rally to support Temporary Protected Status near the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sept. 26. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Around 200,000 Salvadorans and 57,000 Hondurans have been residing in the United States for more than 15 years under Temporary Protected Status. But that status is set to expire in early 2018.
J.D. Long-GarcíaOctober 20, 2017
At the heart of Anne Frank’s life and witness is a hopeful faith in humanity.
Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.October 20, 2017
Forensic police work on the main road in Bidnija, Malta, which leads to Daphne Caruana Galizias house, looking for evidence on the blast that killed the journalist as she was leaving her home, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Caruana Galizia, a harsh critic of Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat, and who reported extensively on corruption on Malta, was killed by a car bomb on Monday. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)
Rarely does the death of a private citizen elicit a formal letter of condolence from the Pope.