Pope Francis Apologizes for…. Well, for Everything.

At his Wednesday General Audience today in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis set aside his planned remarks and delivered an off-the-cuff apology. "Before beginning my catechesis," he said,"...I would like--in the name of the Church--to ask your forgiveness for the scandals which have occurred recently, both in Rome and at the Vatican."To what scandals, exactly, was he referring? Most certainly, he was inspired to apologize by the reading of the day, drawn from the readings of the d … [Read more...]

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Seventy-Seven Times. A Message for America on September 11

Then Peter approaching asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” Depending on where you look, you may see Jesus’ words translated differently, as “seventy times seven times.” That, by my calculations, would be 490 times.The New American Bible, like the Jerusalem Bible, says “seventy-seven times.” However, a previous translation of the New American said “se … [Read more...]

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How Sorry Is Sorry Enough? In Some Hearts, the Church Will Never Find Forgiveness (UPDATED)

On October 18, the Archbishop of Manila made a public apology for the sins of the Church.And once again, the perennial non-forgivers used the occasion of his apology as an opportunity to spew hatred against the Catholic Church.Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, speaking to about 5,000 attendees of the Philippine Conference on the New Evangelization, expressed contrition for the sins, the hurts that the Church has inflicted on non-Catholics and non-Christians.  According to a report in the … [Read more...]

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