Pope: Human weakness in sinful church

2012-06-29 18:14

Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI spoke on Thursday of human weakness in a Church of sinners confronted with "the destructive power of evil", as the Vatican battles a succession of scandals.

The pontiff was honouring 44 new archbishops from across the world in a traditional ceremony on the feast of Saint Peter, the first head of the Roman Catholic Church, and Saint Paul, who turned from persecuting Christianity to promoting the faith.

Referring to the papacy, he said it "constitutes the foundation of the Church during its pilgrimage through history [but] on the other hand, across the centuries, human weakness is also evident, which can only be transformed through openness to God's action".

"The Church is not a community of the perfect, but a community of sinners, obliged to recognise their need for God's love, their need to be purified through the Cross of Jesus Christ," he added.

After being mired in a succession of cases of child abuse by clerics, the Vatican is now reportedly locked in an internal power struggle, with whistleblowers publishing secret documents in an alleged bid to oust top official Tarcisio Bertone.

  • Marco - 2012-06-29 19:49


  • zaatheist - 2012-06-29 20:23

    "whistleblowers." Is that a new name for what they teach the choirboys to become.

      Dakey - 2012-06-30 00:06

      Glad you can see the lighter side of molestation.

      huck.starr - 2012-06-30 06:44

      the pope and his crime sindicate are agents of the devil.

  • Carlos - 2012-06-29 20:26

    All platitudes, nothing else...

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-30 03:01

    It has little to do with that, Benedict, more to do with the almost completely unnatural expectation your church has that priests be celibat. Then there's the whole tragic, farcical ideology of original sin, which is probably the biggest disservice your church does to humanity, next to its chauvinism and bigotry. Clean house Benedict. Get rid of these truly inhuman and stupid beliefs. Then you will truly have been part of changing humanity for the better, to what it truly and inherently is: a reflection of God's love and beauty.

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