Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Commitment to truth is theme of Vatican Lenten Retreat

Catholic World News - March 02, 2012

As he preaches the Lenten Retreat for Pope Benedict XVI and the Roman Curia, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo, has stressed the need for all Christians—and especially priests—to be truthful about themselves.

Truth, Cardinal Monsengwo said, “means rejecting the hypocrisy which impels us to appear other than as we are.”

Without a firm commitment to be truthful, the African prelate warned, “priestly ministry becomes mere functionality and has no true sense of God.” He pointed to the example of St. Peter’s betrayal, and said: “Our generosity does not protect us from sin.”

Cardinal Monsengwo said that by deliberately choosing truth, the faithful must perforce be renouncing sin. He contrasted that commitment with the sorry state of those “who have no awareness of their own sins, for people who have lost the sense of sin because they no longer pose themselves the problem of God.”

In his meditations the cardinal encouraged the Vatican leaders to testify forthrightly to the truth about world affairs, and denounce injustices and oppression. A dedication to truth means a willingness to denounced “repression and man’s exploitation of man,” he said.

The Lenten Retreat, which began on Sunday, February 26, will conclude on Saturday, March 3. During the week of the retreat there have been no papal audiences and the work of the Roman Curia has proceeded on a reduced schedule.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($22,618 to go):
$35,000.00 $12,382.44
65% 35%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

As Catholic News Unfolds... 15 hours ago
An Iraqi archbishop's warning to the West 15 hours ago
The cause for beatification of Archbishop Romero: BBC botched the story 20 hours ago
Church Fathers: The Didache and the Epistle of Barnabas August 19
It is time to revoke the Catholic status of the LCWR August 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8