“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.