A Church of sinners, not a sinful Church
April 26, 2010
When Pope Benedict XVI met with cardinals in Rome on the 5th anniversary of his election, many newspapers-- including the Vatican's own L'Osservatore Romano reported that the Pontiff had spoken about the spiritual needs of the Church, "wounded and a sinner." Sandro Magister of L'Espresso argues that the Pope would never have used those words. The Pope, he insists, was echoing the teaching of St. Ambrose that the Church "is holy and without stain, although it welcomes within itself men who are stained with sin."