It's official: Pope has not abolished sin, says Vatican

VATICAN CITY Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:29am EST

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic palace in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican December 29, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic palace in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican December 29, 2013.

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had "abolished sin", after a well-known Italian intellectual wrote that he had effectively done so through his words and gestures.

The singular exchange began on Sunday when Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article titled "Francis' Revolution: He has abolished sin".

Scalfari, who held a long private conversation with the pope earlier this year and wrote about it several times, concluded in the complex, treatise-like article that Francis believed sin effectively no longer existed because God's mercy and forgiveness were "eternal".

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio that "this affirmation that the pope has abolished sin" was wrong.

"Those who really follow the pope daily know how many times he has spoken about sin and our (human) condition as sinners," Lombardi said.

It was not the first brush between the Vatican and Scalfari, who founded La Repubblica newspaper in 1976.

Last month the Vatican removed from its website the text of Scalfari's transcript of his conversation with the pope, saying parts of it were not reliable.

Scalfari said he had not used a tape recorder or taken notes when he met the pope but reconstructed the long session from memory afterwards and made additions to help the flow of the article.

(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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Phil_OFS wrote:
Scalfari interviews Pope Francis without tape recorder or notes then writes an article making the Pope say what Scalfari wants him to say, then he writes another article again having the Pope say what Scalfari wants him to say about sin. Scalfari must venture himself to be the papal ventriloquist. Thankfully, I read what the Pope actually says not what his interpreters in the print and other media want him to say. Sometimes I feel like they think he is from some alien planet, not Argentina, and needs an interpreter to make us able to understand him. Come to think of it what he says is an alien language to the atheistic heart and they will never understand him unless they accept the grace of God.

Jan 01, 2014 2:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dontchyouknow wrote:
Of course!

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AYeshuratnam wrote:
Jesus pardoned sinners. But sin is the very embodiment of Satan. Crime scenes show how sin continues to dominate. Here is a media report: TOLLESON, Ariz. (AP) — A father and his two young daughters have been found dead inside a home in the Phoenix suburb of Tolleson in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
Police cordoned off an area in the neighborhood on Wednesday after getting a call from a relative who found the bodies.
Tolleson Police Sgt. Obed Gaytan says the girls, ages 6 and 8, had been shot. Police identified the father as 45-year-old Alejandro Gallardo and said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Neighbors and those who work in the area told police they heard screaming coming from the home Wednesday morning.
Sin is personified in Lucifer. The war between God and Lucifer began when he challenged God’s power and was later pushed down to earth by Archangel Michael..From that day onward, the war between God and Lucifer has been going on and sin can be abolished only when Lucifer is destroyed.But sinners can be pardoned, if they repent.

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