Pope Francis has done it again. He has shown humility and grace in his official capacity as the global leader of the Roman Catholic Church. From Reuters:
“Pope Francis asked Protestants and other Christian Churches for forgiveness for past persecution by Catholics as the Vatican announced on Monday he would visit Sweden later in the year to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Speaking at an annual vespers service in St. Paul’s Basilica in Rome attended by representatives of other religions, he asked “forgiveness for the un-gospel like behaviour by Catholics towards Christians of other Churches”. He also asked Catholics to forgive those who had persecuted them.”
If Francis had been the Roman Catholic Pope 500 years ago, then perhaps he would have restrained the error of the Roman Catholic Church that Martin Luther protested against, namely the selling of forgiveness for sins.