Titus of Bostra…

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…judges Francis’ attitude towards public sinners, changing Vatican protocol

  • No one that sees Jesus can remain any longer in wickedness – but sins are an obstacle to seeing Him

The seed of salvation had begun to spring up in him, for he desired to see Jesus, having never seen Him. For if he had seen Him, he would long since have given up the Publican’s wicked life. No one that sees Jesus can remain any longer in wickedness. But there were two obstacles to his seeing Him. The multitude not so much of men as of his sins prevented him, for he was little of stature. (Titus of Bostra, quoted by Saint Thomas Aquinas. Catena Aurea on Lk 19:1-10)