November 18, 2013

God loves and forgives sinners but abhors and condemns “putrid” hypocrites who lead others to sin, Pope Francis said.

The pope spoke Nov. 11 during a morning Mass in the guesthouse where he lives.

“The corrupt man is stuck in a state of self-importance, he doesn’t know what humility is,” he said.

He posed the question of the difference between sin and scandal.

“The difference is that one who sins and repents, asks forgiveness, recognizes his weakness, feels like a child of God, humbles himself and asks Jesus for salvation,” he said.

“But what is scandalous about the other?” he asked.

“That he doesn’t repent. He continues to sin but pretends to be Christian, (he leads) a double life.”