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Pope Francis: Avoid Scandal, ‘Shame of the Church’

In his homily yesterday, Pope Francis stressed the importance of forming a personal relationship with God in order to avoid causing scandals, which are the “shame of the Church,” according to the Catholic News Agency.

Just this week, The Cardinal Newman Society reported on many scandals at Catholic colleges, including Jesuit-run Fairfield University’s decision to honor Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Santa Clara University’s decision to host Linda Ronstadt, a self-described “recovering Catholic” who opposes Catholic teaching, for a lecture discussing her life and political activism.

The Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Francis lamented the “defeats” or scandals of the Church, caused by both the religious and laity.

Turning to the topic of scandals which occur in the Church, the Pope asked, “But are we ashamed?” stating that there are “So many scandals that I do not want to mention individually, but all of us know... We know where they are!”

These scandals, he said, “some who charged a lot of money,” are “the shame of the Church!”

“But are we all ashamed of those scandals, of those failings of priests, bishops, laity?” continued the Pope, asking “where was the Word of God in those scandals; where was the Word of God in those men and in those women? They did not have a relationship with God!”

Pope Francis reportedly said that often “we do not give the Bread of Life to eat; we do give—in those cases—the bread of Truth! And many times, we even offer a poisoned meal!”

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