Sex orgies, prostitution, porn: Allegations shake Catholic Church in Italy

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USA Today:  Lurid accusations of priests involved in sex orgies, porn videos and prostitution have emerged from several parishes in Italy recently, sending shock waves all the way to the Vatican and challenging the high standards Pope Francis demands of clergy.

Austen Ivereigh, commentator and author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, said the pope distinguished between sinfulness and corruption and was intent on “rooting out” corruption inside the church.

“The remedy for those who succumb to temptation is forgiveness and a fresh start” more

Opinion: The remedy is true – only if the sinner is repentant …

1 John 3:9 “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in Him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”

Is John saying that Christians don’t sin? No, here’s why:

  • John is writing to his dear children giving us the context that he is talking to believers.
  • The Greek word for sin (hamartia) in this passage means to miss the mark by omission or commission, in thought and feeling, or in speech and action. The word implies habitual sin or possessed by sin that a person seems unable to exist without – the man utterly given up to sin.
  • If a person’s life is characterized by sin, defined by sin, there is a disregard for God.

… There is no mention in the article about a change of heart.