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placeholder September 23, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
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"Sanctity is stronger than scandals," Pope Francis said, offering words of encouragement to his diocesan priests Sept. 16, assuring them that recent and current scandals cannot overcome the church's holiness and urging them to keep their vocations alive through love of God. "I dare to say that the church has never been so well as it is today," he said, in spite of scandals such as that over clergy sex abuse. "The church will not collapse, I am sure. … The people have so many demands, so many demands, but they are the demands of God." The pope urged the priests to keep alive the memory of the beginning of their vocations, born in the love of Jesus, as an antidote to what he called "spiritual worldliness."


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