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Honduran cardinal: Church must be transparent, evangelization comes first

March 04, 2013

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has said that the Church should continue to root out corruption and abuse “because it is written in the Gospels that the truth shall set you free.”

Speaking to reporters in Rome, the Honduran cardinal said that the work begun by Pope Benedict XVI to purge the Church of “filth” must be continued. “We must present a Church with a transparent face, one that is at peace and at ease,” he said. Speaking separately to Vatican Radio, Cardinal Rodriguez, who is regarded as one of the leading papabili, said that the Church must be prepared to concentrate on the essential task of evangelization. “Pope Paul VI used to say, the Church exists to evangelize,” the cardinal said.


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