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Priests who cannot show mercy should not hear confessions, Pope says

“If you can’t forgive, you are not a Christian," Pope Francis said in his homily at morning Mass on September 10.

“What’s more," the Pope continued, “if you can’t forgive, you cannot receive the peace of the Lord."

The Pope went on to say that a priest who cannot show forgiveness should not hear confessions: “If you are a priest and you can’t manage to be merciful, tell your bishop to give you an administrative job, but please don’t go into the confessional box!" He added that a priest who is impatient with penitents should ask his doctor for a pill to calm his nerves before hearing confessions.

Pope Francis said that the willingness to forgive is essential to a Christian community, and warned against those who enjoy conflict. He repeated his oft-voiced condemnation of arms traffickers, who encourage others toward war.




  1. Franklin P. Uroda Reply

    Lots of discussion in the Roman Catholic Church-and other places-about the necessity to “forgive.” IMO, there are at least two areas to think about. 1) Other people: What, essentially, does “to forgive” mean? Normalization of relations? Don’t have to repay a debt? Tolerate-even embrace-a former enemy? Not bear hard feelings toward a former antagonist? Are we to read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ teaching and parables about forgiveness and without skipping a beat, go and follow His teachings and example? 2) Ourselves: “Before we are forgiven in Confession, does Jesus dislike us, and are we His enemy? ‘Worms and no men’? When we are forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance are all-everything-washed away and our souls white as snow, no trace of the evil-Mortal and Venial that we did? Will Jesus forgive my sins if I cry out to Him for forgiveness, before I go to Confession? Are the teachings of Moral Theologians-present and past-considered “De Fide” and if I don’t abide by what they say people must do will I go to Hell?”

  2. Agnes Tragett Reply

    Why does the Pope put the muslins before the Christians? as a Catholic I feel abandoned .

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