Confession and renewal

The pope's action

In an issue of the magazine devoted to themes of spiritual renewal, we would underscore the significance of Pope John Paul II’s dramatic effort to renew and purify the Roman Catholic Church through repentance. In celebrating mass on March 12, the first Sunday of Lent, John Paul took the unprecedented step of publicly confessing the sins of the church. In his homily and in the accompanying prayers, the pope acknowledged that the church has at times betrayed the gospel by using violence in the service of truth, that it has sinned “against the dignity of women and the unity of the human race,” and that it has not always stood in solidarity with the poor and oppressed.


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