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

Cardinal Tagle

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...]

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

Twin Towers

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...]

Christmas Pardon for Pope’s Valet

Pope Benedict XVI talks with former butler Paolo Gabriele during a private audience at the Vatican

Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI gave a wonderful gift to his former butler, Paolo Gabriele.  He pardoned him—and he forgave him.Gabriele, you may remember, is the long-time personal valet who was implicated in the Vatileaks scandal when confidential Vatican documents were found in his Vatican City apartment.  Gabrielle was arrested on May 23, 2012, and convicted by a Vatican tribunal on October 6.  He has been serving an 18-month sentence in the Vatican Gendarme police barr … [Read more...]