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Pope Tells Roman Curia the Garment of the Church is Torn by the Sins of Priests

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    By Deacon Keith Fournier
    12/21/2010

    Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

    In the vision of Saint Hildegard, the face of the Church is stained with dust, and this is how we have seen it

    'In the vision of Saint Hildegard, the face of the Church is stained with dust, and this is how we have seen it. Her garment is torn - by the sins of priests. We must accept this humiliation as an exhortation to truth and a call to renewal. Only the truth saves. We must ask ourselves what we can do to repair as much as possible the injustice that has occurred. We must ask ourselves what was wrong in our proclamation, in our whole way of living the Christian life, to allow such a thing to happen.'

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    Pope Benedict XVI addressing the Roman Curia in his annual Christmas message


    VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Every year the Pope delivers a Christmas "greeting" or message to cardinals, bishops and members of the Roman Curia. It is a reflective review of the past year. Under the pontificate of Benedict XVI this address has taken on a special significance. The address given on Monday, December 20, 2010 in Clementina Hall in Vatican City was no exception. He spoke of the "great tribulations to which we have been exposed during the past year". He expressed profound grief over the "abuse of minors committed by priests who twist the sacrament into its antithesis, and under the mantle of the sacred profoundly wound human persons in their childhood, damaging them for a whole lifetime."


    Pope Benedict is a hagiographer, one with a special gift of teaching the lives of the saints in a manner which calls the faithful to live their Christian life with heroic virtue. His grasp of Christian history serves his teaching gift well. Referring to one of his favorite saints, the mystic Hildegard of Bingen, he borrowed prophetic words and imagery from one of her visions telling those gathered "the face of the Church is stained with dust, and this is how we have seen it. Her garment is torn - by the sins of priests."

    The translation of this extraordinary address was immediately made available in multiple languages by the Vatican Press office, indicating its importance. It is quite lengthy. The Pope dealt with the historic visit to the United Kingdom for the beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman as well as the momentous meeting of the Middle East Synod of Bishops.



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