The Pope’s statement about his own “sinfulness” falls under an old Christian facade. We know those who wrote the Bible wanted us to think we are born sinners.
The notion babies are born sinful is an absurd idea. Those who wrote this were either control nuts or never expected readers to take it literally.
That is why I think it is pointless for the Pope to reenforce people’s notion this is true, even if he is sincere in referring to himself. It’s hard to imagine the average person buying the notion babies are born sinners.
The money for the faith is not in members admitting they are sinners. The profit is in pointing at others as the sinners.
The human being seems to be a creature that needs self affirmation. The Christian faith feeds this need skillfully by looking at others and passing judgement.
Listening to Catholic radio in the car today, I heard a review of Catholic rules on sex. The only purpose for sex to make sinful babies. When birth control is used, it allows sex for some reason other than making the woman pregnant. To use birth control is to sin.
For some reason, learning how to use “natural” birth control, circumventing the female fertility cycle, in to have sex for pleasure but not sin. It’s possible to cleverly outsmart our trait of being born sinners.
The sooner we come to understand sin arrived on the scene for purpose of control people in ancient times, the happier we can all be.