Friday, December 15, 2006

A call for repentance

Strong words from Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Papal household ...
Pope Benedict XVI's personal preacher asked the pontiff Friday to declare a day of fasting and penance to publicly declare repentance and express solidarity with the victims of clerical sex abuse.

In a strongly worded lecture, he denounced the "abominations" committed inside the Roman Catholic Church "by its own ministers and pastors" and declared that the church "paid a high price for this."

"The moment has come, after the emergency, to do the most important thing of all: to cry before God," the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa said in the first of a series of pre-Christmas lectures in the presence of the pope in a
Vatican chapel.

Cantalamessa suggested that the church "indicate a day of fasting and penance, at local and national level, where the problem was particularly strong, to publicly express repentance before God and solidarity with the victims."
I've admired Fr. Cantalamessa's preaching for years, and many of his sermons have been very powerful in my life. This report just raises him higher in my estimation even more. I hope we will see the full text of his sermon on Zenit or some other site soon! Pope's preacher calls for abuse penance - Yahoo! News

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