The real scandal is that Pope Francis asked a large gathering for forgiveness in the name of the church yet he failed to mention that any sins we commit (he conveniently left out what they were) are first and foremost against a holy God. The pontiff not only failed to remind the crowed of this important fact, he also chose not to mention the reason he was asking them for forgiveness.
Confusing, isn’t it?
It’s obvious that the pope wanted to keep under wraps that two homosexual priests had admitted to being involved in quite a few egregious sins AGAINST GOD for a number of years.
Three words: Fear of man.
Reuters has the story.
Pope Francis asked for forgiveness on Wednesday for scandals at the Vatican and in Rome, an apparent reference to two cases of priests and gay sex revealed this month during a major meeting of bishops.
“Today … in the name of the Church, I ask you for forgiveness for the scandals that have occurred recently either in Rome or in the Vatican,” Francis said in unprepared remarks during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
“I ask you for forgiveness,” he said before tens of thousands of people, who broke into applause. The pope then read his prepared address and did not elaborate.
Asked about the comments, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi could not say which scandals the pope had in mind but said Francis wanted to reach out to ordinary people who are “disturbed or pained” when they read about scandals caused by “the Church or men of the Church”.
There have been two scandals involving the Vatican and the Church in Rome in the past two weeks.
On Oct. 3, a Polish monsignor working in the Vatican’s doctrinal office since 2003 held a packed news conference in which he disclosed that he was gay and had been living with another man for years.
The Vatican dismissed Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a theologian, from his job there as well as from teaching assignments in pontifical universities in Rome.
A spokesman said at the time that Charamsa’s high-profile coming out on the eve of a meeting of world bishops at the Vatican was “grave and irresponsible”. It accused him of trying to exert “undue media pressure” on the bishops’ debate on family issues, including the Church’s position on gays. Continue reading