Pope Francis warned Thursday that, while sinners can repent, it is almost impossible for those who become corrupt to find redemption.
"When people live in a closed environment, surrounded by
wealth and vanity and trusting in their own devices, those
people lose their sense of direction and have no idea of their
limitations," the pope said in a homily during Mass at the Santa
Marta residence where he lives inside the Vatican.
"Exactly as happens to the rich man in the Gospel who spends
his time at dinner parties and takes no notice of the poor man
lying at his door.
"He knew who that poor man was, he even knew his name, but he
just didn't care.
"Was he a sinner? Yes, he was, and though the Lord forgives
those who repent, this man's heart was leading him on a one-way
road to death.
"There is a moment, a line that we cross when sin turns into
"This man was not simply a sinner but a corrupt person
because he was aware of all the suffering but he couldn't care
"Once we are on that road, it's very hard for our hearts to