Sin within Church does not extinguish hope, Pope tells German faithful
CWN - May 17, 2010
Christians "should be glad amidst all the tribulations," Pope Benedict XVI said in a message to a German ecumenical event.
Although "over recent months we have repeatedly had to absorb news that seeks to extract the joy from the Church," the Pope told the annual Kirchentag gathering, the hope that springs from faith cannot be extinguished. The Church "is a place of hope because in her the Lord continues to give Himself to us in the grace of the sacraments," the Pope wrote.
In his message to the German Church the Pope compared the sex-abuse scandal to the weeds that choke the wheat in the Gospel parable. "Weeds exist also in the bosom of the Church and among those whom the Lord has called to His special service," the Pope said. "But the light of God has not gone out, the good wheat has not been choked by the weeds of evil."
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