November 11, 2013. (Romereports.com) During his daily morning Mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis talked about Christians who lead a double life. While sinners must be forgiven, the Pope highlighted the difference between being a sinner and being corrupt. Those who don’t truly repent are damaging the Church.
Pope Francis met with media (Photo credit: Catholic Church (England and Wales))
should all call ourselves sinners. Yes, here all of us here are
sinners. But we are not corrupt. The corrupt remain in a state of
self-sufficiency and don’t understand humility. Jesus, called them out.
He said: they appear beautiful, from the outside, but just like
whitewashed tombs, inside they are full of dead bones and putrefaction.”
who don’t truly repent and only pretend to be Christian are damaging
the Church. These were the words of Pope Francis at Mass on Monday
morning in the Vatican’s Santa Marta.
homily on the Lord’s exhortation to forgive our brothers and sisters who
have sinned. Jesus, he said, never tired of forgiving, and neither
should we. As the Gospel says, if our brother wrongs us seven times in
one day, and repents every time, we should forgive him.
warned, there is difference between being a sinner and being corrupt.
Those who sin and repent, who ask for forgiveness, are humble before the
Lord. But those who continue to sin, while pretending to be Christian,
lead a double life, they are corrupt.
Christian who is a benefactor, Pope Francis said, who gives to the
Church with one hand, but steals with the other hand from the country,
from the poor, is unjust. And Jesus says: “It would be better for him if
a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea”.
This is because, the Pope explained, that person is deceitful, and
“where there is deceit, the Spirit of God cannot be”.
ourselves sinners”, Pope Francis said, but those who are corrupt do not
understand humility. Jesus called them whitewashed tombs: they appear
beautiful, from the outside, but inside they are full of dead bones and
putrefaction. And a Christian who boasts about being Christian, but does
not lead a Christian life, is corrupt.
Pope Francis said, and they damage the Church because they don’t live in
the spirit of the Gospel, but in the spirit of worldliness. St Paul in
his letter to the Romans clearly urges them not to enter into the
framework, into the mentality of worldliness, because it leads to this
“varnished putrefaction”, Pope Francis said. Jesus did not say that
those who are corrupt are sinners, but he said they’re hypocrites. Let
us ask the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis concluded, for the grace to admit
that we are sinners, but not corrupt.