Vatican City, Jun 10, 2018 / 08:23 am
During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis discussed the incomprehension Christ faced during his earthly ministry, from both the scribes and his own family.
The scribes' assertion that Christ drove out demons by the power of demons led him to "react with strong and clear words, he does not tolerate this, because those scribes, perhaps without realizing it, are falling into the gravest sin: negating and blaspheming the Love of God which is present and working in Jesus."
"And blasphemy, the sin against the Holy Spirit, is the only unpardonable sin - so Jesus says - because it starts from a closure of the heart to the mercy of God acting in Jesus," the pope said June 10 in St. Peter's Square.
The scribes who blasphemed were sent from Jerusalem to discredit Christ, Francis said, "to make the office of talkers, discredit the other, remove authority, this ugly thing."