“Christ has made himself sin … and sins … are in his body”
A) The text of the speech by J.M.Bergoglio:
“And when we go to confession, for example, it isn’t that we say the sin and God forgives us. We find Jesus Christ and we say to him: this is yours and I make you sin once more. And Jesus likes it so, because it was his mission: to make himself sin for us, to free us. Christ has made himself sin for us and sins are there, in his body, in his soul. This is crazy, but it is nice: it is the truth. This is the scandal of the cross” (morning meditation in the chapel of the DOMUS SANCTAE MARTHAE, 15 June 2013)
B) References to Scriptures:
“Now you are well aware that he has appeared in order to take sins away, and that in him there is no sin” (1Jo 3:5)
“For the high priest we have is not incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us, but has been put to the test in exactly the same way as ourselves, apart from sin” (Heb 4:15)
“This, in fact, is what you were called to do, because Christ suffered for you and left an example for you to follow in his steps. He had done nothing wrong, and had spoken no deceit. He was insulted and did not retaliate with insults; when he was suffering he made no threats but put his trust in the upright judge. He was bearing our sins in his own body on the cross, so that we might die to our sins and live for uprightness; through his bruises you have been healed. You had gone astray like sheep but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls” (1Pe 2:21-25)
“For that reason, my dear friends, have nothing to do with the worship of false gods. I am talking to you as sensible people; weigh up for yourselves what I have to say. The blessing-cup, which we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ; and the loaf of bread which we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? And as there is one loaf, so we, although there are many of us, are one single body, for we all share in the one loaf. Now compare the natural people of Israel: is it not true that those who eat the sacrifices share the altar? What does this mean? That the dedication of food to false gods amounts to anything? Or that false gods themselves amount to anything? No, it does not; simply that when pagans sacrifice, what is sacrificed by them is sacrificed to demons who are not God. I do not want you to share with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons as well; you cannot have a share at the Lord’s table and the demons’ table as well” (1Co 10:14-21)
“There is no sin in Christ”, as the Apostle John, the Apostle of Love affirms. In the body of Christ there is grace. To say that there is sin in the body of Jesus Christ, is a heresy, that contradicts the teachings of Christ and the Apostles reported in the Sacred Scripture.
In his first letter, Peter says that Jesus “brought our sins in His body” that is very different from saying that Jesus “made himself sin for me and sins are in his body”, as stated by Bergoglio.
The difference is subtle but the significance and the severity of what is said, is substantial.