Vatican     DOCUMENT ADVISES CHURCH ON HOW TO CONFESS ITS OWN SINS
A Vatican document requested by Pope John Paul II has said that the Church must remember the sins of its past before reconciliation can take place.
    The text, titled 'The Church and the Sins of the Past: Remembering in Order to Reconcile', is the work of the International Theological Commission, of which Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is President.
    Ratzinger explained in a television interview: "The idea is not to accuse the past. We are always sinners and we want to understand this with humility and do penance."
    Fr Georges Cottier, secretary of the Commission and Theologian of the Pontifical Household, said that 'when we recall the past of the Church we realise that there have been events that are an obstacle to evangelisation'. He added that 'it is therefore necessary to have a purification of the memory, to make a real judgment that is balanced and just'.
    Zenit (available soon) 12:21am 4/2/00

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