This morning, during Mass at St. Martha’s House, Pope Francis spoke about the shift from sin to corruption, with particular reference to the biblical story about King David, a man “loved by God”, who nevertheless goes so far as to condemn to death one of his soldiers for a woman’s love.
According to Pope Francis, a corrupt person never asks forgiveness God, because the power that supports its corruption is enough for him. The Pope took as an example the story of King David, a “brave man”, who falls in love with the wife of a soldier, and to cover up adultery, sentences “this faithful man” to death. According to the Pope, David is “holy, but also sinful”, because he falls into the temptation of lust, yet God “loves him a lot.” From the height of his power, David does not feel the need to ask forgiveness for what he has done, quite the contrary, he does everything in his power to cover up his adultery.
“It is a moment all of us may go through in their life, it is the shift from sin to corruption – Francis said – a sin that is easier for all those who have some power, be it ecclesiastical, religious, economic, and political power, because the devil makes us feel safe.”
“That is the only thing I would like to emphasize today – the Pope said – there is a moment when the habit of sin, or a time when our situation is so safe and we are so well regarded and have so much power, that sin stops being sin and becomes corruption.”
“The Lord always forgives – the Pope concluded – but one of the worst things of corruption is that the corrupt man does not need to ask forgiveness, does not feel.” Bergoglio ends the Mass with a prayer to God: “Lord, save us, save us from corruption. Sinners, yes Lord, we are all sinners, but never corrupt! We all ask for this grace.”