Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pope Benedict: the Church's chief persecutors are within

In reaponse to a journalist's question as to whether he saw his own situation in terms of the Fatima vision of a 'bishop in white' being attacked by soldiers, he had this to say:

"In terms of what we today can discover in this message, attacks against the pope or the church don’t come just from outside the church. The suffering of the church also comes from within the church, because sin exists in the church. This too has always been known, but today we see it in a really terrifying way. The greatest persecution of the church doesn’t come from enemies on the outside, but is born in sin within the church. The church thus has a deep need to re-learn penance, to accept purification, to learn on one hand forgiveness but also the necessity of justice. Forgiveness does not exclude justice. We have to re-learn the essentials: conversion, prayer, penance, and the theological virtues."

John Allen's article on this: http://bit.ly/cdsNYL

H/t Catholic Herald Twitter feed.

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