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The Pope is raising eyebrows after recent comments in which he declared that a certain flesh-related sin is not the most serious. Here are the two sins the Pope declared as the most serious. This may surprise you!

Pope says this sin is not the most serious

While the Bible, in numerous passages, lectures in great detail on sins of the flesh, there is one such sin that the Pope recently declared not to be the ‘most serious.’

“Sins of the flesh are not the most serious,” said 84-year-old Pope Francis during a press conference aboard the papal plane in early December 2021.

The topic came up because the Archbishop of Paris resigned the prior week over an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman, the Daily Mail reported.

However, the Pope responded: “If we don’t know the accusation, we cannot condemn.” Francis said that the Archbishop only gave “little caresses and massages” to his secretary.

The Archbishop has denied the relationship was sexual.

The Pope implied sex outside marriage was “not the most serious” sin discussing the subject.

The supreme pontiff declared pride and hatred are “the most serious.”

Is the Pope ignoring the sixth commandment?

“You shall not commit adultery.”

– Exodus 20: 14

“You shall not commit adultery.”

– Deuteronomy 5:18

The sixth of God’s Ten Commandments are found in the two passages referenced above.

It cannot be argued that the Bible considers pride and hatred to be serious sins, and pride is shown as a gateway to a host of others. The Bible repeatedly condemns all manner of sins of the flesh. In the Old Testament, under Mosaic Jewish law, the punishment for many sins of the flesh was death.

Jesus said sin is in the mind

Jesus expanded on what constitutes adultery, saying it does not always require physical acts but, rather, can come from the mind.

Jesus said:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

–Matthew 5:27-28

The Catholic Church and sexual scandals

Worldwide, the Catholic Church has a long, documented history of sexual scandals, including allegations of sexual abuse.

This week, the Swiss Catholic Church ordered a study of the church’s history of sexual exploitation there since the mid-20th century, the Associated Press reported.

This past October, a report from a study on sexual abuse cases by the Catholic Church in France found members of the clergy had abused some 216,000 children since 1950, the BBC reported.

In a statement, Pope Francis said he “felt pain” over the findings and expressed hopes for a “path of redemption.”