Thursday, July 7, 2016

New Evangelizers Post: Should the Church Apologize?

I have a new article up at  

As if often the case, Pope Francis was the subject of sensationalist headlines recently. Many of them read something along the lines of: “Pope Francis Says Catholic Church Must Apologize to Gays.” The headline is meant to give a very particular impression for those who do not bother to read the actual statements.

To give a complete context to what was said, recently a German Cardinal Marx said that the Church should apologize to homosexual not only for past faults but for current attitudes. “You cannot say that a relationship between a man and a man and they are faithful [that] that is nothing, that has no worth,” he said. And when it is against this backdrop that the subject came up to Pope Francis at a recent press conference. For a full and in depth analysis of this, I would recommend reading Jimmy Akin’s article on the topic.

But for the purposes of this article, I wanted to address the larger question of “Should the Church apologize?” There are some who think that this would weaken the Church as a moral authority if she admits her faults to the world. Others might think that the apologies should never cease for terrible things done in the name of Christ.

Before going any further, we must remember what the Church is.

You can read the entire article here.

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