Pope Francis: Pray that priests never use law to shut door to salvation | America Magazine

The Pharisees and doctors of the law who claim salvation comes only from fulfilling God’s laws are not just biblical figures of the past, Pope Francis said.

“There are many of them today, too. That is why praying for us priests is necessary,” so that today’s ministers will not close the door like the Pharisees did to people seeking God’s mercy and forgiveness, he said in his homily Oct. 19 during morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

The pope reflected on the day’s first reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans (3:21-30), in which the apostle explains only God is righteous and people are justified freely by his grace through Christ; people are justified by faith, not by works of the law.

Source:  America Magazine

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