Pope’s Mass: Sinners yes, but not corrupt

The Pope highlighted the difference between being a sinner and being corrupt.

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))

POPE FRANCIS

“We
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.”
He then added that while the sinner repents and asks for forgiveness, the corrupt person does not. It’s these type of people said the Pope, that cause the most harm to the Church.
 
SUMMARY OF POPE’S HOMILY
Source: Vatican Radio 
 
Those
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.
 
Pope Francis focused his
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.
 
However, Pope Francis
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. 
 
A
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”.
 
“We should all call
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.
 
We all know such people,
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
double life.
 
The corrupt life is a
“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.

 

About The Voice Of Bombay's Catholic Laity

Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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