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Pope says greatest danger to the Church is from within

Pope makes forthright remarks about state of the Church

By on Tuesday, 29 June 2010

This morning B16 said that the greatest danger for the Church does not come from the outside but from the inside

Alluding to the crisis of clerical abuse and to the persecution the Church has faced during its history, Benedict said (NB this is my very rough translation from Italian):

“If we think of the two millenia of the history of the Church, we can see that, as the Lord Jesus had foreseen, there were not missing for the Christians the tests which in some periods and places took on the character of real and actual persecution.

“This, however, despite the suffering which provoke us, does not constitute the most grave danger for the Church. The greatest damage in fact, it suffers from those who pollute the faith and the Christian life of its members and community, attacking the integrity of the mystical Body, harming it in its capacity of prophecy and testimony and dulling the beauty of its face.”

The Italian press have been reporting this and Rocco Palmo has now posted the full official version on his blog.