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Scandal kills the faith, Pope warns congregation

February 27, 2014

“Scandal kills,” Pope Francis warned his congregation in his homily at a Mass celebrated in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on February 27.

Christians whose lives contradict the principles of their faith are giving scandal, the Pope said. He reminded the faithful that Jesus spoke very strongly against giving scandal. The Pope remarked that many people say they are unable to accept the faith of the Church because they see how Christians behave.

On the other hand, the Pope said, Christians who live a coherent life of faith are powerful witnesses. He observed that an atheist might read dozens of books about the faith without changing his mind, but when he encounters a loving Christian, “something will begin to work in his heart.”


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  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 27, 2014 10:07 PM ET USA

    This applies to bishops, too, including the bishop who just appointed an advisor who also works for a pro-abortion/gay rights politician - is this scandal enough?

  • Posted by: shrink - Feb. 27, 2014 6:39 PM ET USA

    For two generations, many US bishops knew that "scandal kills," but rather than punishing the scandal maker--the homosexual priest--they mislead those who were scandalized--the victims--and those who would be scandalized--the laity.