God alone is without sin?


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Can anyone help answer this question?

At JP2’s Funeral Mass, during the prayers of the Eastern Patriarchs, one Patriarch prayed a prayer which included the following line:
“Pardon every sin committed by him in words, deeds, thoughts, you who are a good God and a friend of man. Because there is not a man who lives who does not sin – you alone are in fact without sin.[font=Arial]” (The entire prayer is attached below.)[/font]
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[font=Arial]Notice the line in bold - why was it okay for him to say this in his prayer? Or to put it another way, how does that work considering the dogma of the Immaculate Conception?[/font]
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[font=Arial]Or could it be a translation error? (I doubt this, since it was Archbishop Foley doing the translating…)[/font]
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[font=Arial]As an aside, I first found out about this because people heard this prayer live and thought that Ratzinger had said it, and wondered if he would be excommunicated as a result. :o [/font]
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[font=Arial]Thanks for your time! [/font]
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[font=Arial]God bless everyone,[/font]
[font=Arial]Luis[/font]
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[font=Arial]P.S. Here’s the whole prayer prayed by the Eastern Patriarch at the Funeral Mass for John Paul II.[/font]
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[font=Arial]"[font=Times New Roman][size=3]The prayer of the Patriarch:
O God of Souls and all flesh, who have overcome death, who have conquered the devil, and who have given life to the world, grant repose to the soul of this your deceased servant John Paul, pope of Rome – in a place of light and joy, in a place ever verdant, in a place of blessedness, where there is no more suffering, no more pain, no more weeping.
Pardon every sin committed by him in words, deeds, thoughts, you who are a good God and a friend of man. Because there is not a man who lives who does not sin – you alone are in fact without sin. Your justice is for always, and your word is truth. Because you are the resurrection, the life and the repose, grant repose to the soul of your servant Pope John Paul of Rome who has fallen asleep, O Christ our God. We acknowledge your glory and with your Father who has no beginning and with the Holy Spirit, Good and Giver of life, now and forever. Amen."[/size][/font][/font]


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It could be along the same lines as the Bible that says no man is without sin. Jesus was a man, but had no sin. He was not included in “no man”.

This is from CA Library - catholic.com/library/Immaculate_Conception_and_Assum.asp

We also know of another very prominent exception to the rule: Jesus (Heb. 4:15). So if Paul’s statement in Romans 3 includes an exception for the New Adam (Jesus), one may argue that an exception for the New Eve (Mary) can also be made.

Not sure, but would be a logical explanation.


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