The Pope continues his catecheses on leading figures of the early Church, turning his attention to Tertullian. He starts off by praising some of the many theological accomplishments of Terullian and then later turns to his later life and break with the Church.
"I often think of this great moral and intellectual figure, this man who made such a great contribution to Christian thought. It is clear that in the end he lacked the simplicity and humility to be part of the Church, to accept her weaknesses. When one sees only one’s own ideas, in all their greatness, in the end it is precisely this greatness that is lost. The essential characteristic of great theologians is the humility to remain with the Church, to accept her weaknesses and their own, because only God is truly holy. We, on the other hand, always have need of forgiveness."
A reminder to all of us.