Monday, May 24, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI: Church Needs Penance, Purification, Forgiveness and Justice

"...attacks against the Pope and the Church do not only come from outside;
rather, the sufferings of the Church come from inside the Church,
from the sin that exists in the Church.
This was always common knowledge,
but today we see it in a truly terrifying form:
the greatest persecution of the Church does not come from external enemies,
but is born of sin within the Church.
Thus the Church has a profound need to relearn penance,
to accept purification,
to learn forgiveness but also the need for justice.
Forgiveness does not replace justice.

~ Pope Benedict XVI ~

Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.

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