CHAPTER 11

Confront Adversity Head-On

In late March 2014, Pope Francis knelt down and publicly gave his own confession. This showed the world two things: one, that he is indeed a sinner, as he has often defined himself; and two, that by extension everyone is a sinner, and that it is all right. (According to Catholicism, the only man to ever live without sin was Jesus Christ.) The key is to give confession so that you may be forgiven and continue to strive to live a life of character, dignity, and morality. That a self-described sinner can still hold the highest office in the Catholic Church explains why he is so accepting of so many different kinds of people. Becoming pontiff also speaks to how a flawed figure can overcome his sins and great ...

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