Thursday, June 23, 2011
THE SIN OF SCANDAL YOU SAY? WHAT'S THAT?
On another blog someone commented that we shouldn't be judgmental, meaning we shouldn't judge the behavior of others. It's not Christian to do so. Of course that is false. A Christian can become a lawyer, a judge, sit on a jury and condemn people for the crimes for which they are JUDGED guilty.
The Church, meaning her pastors and the laity have every right to judge the behavior of other Catholics, their spouses, children, etc. We don't have the right to judge their personal salvation, but we can connect mortal sin with the possibility of eternal damnation.
But what about giving scandal? If I go into a brothel as a priest and there hear the confessions of those making use of this place of business, am I giving scandal to the larger community or am I showing Christ's compassion to the sinner?
What about the Catholic who goes to the wedding of another Catholic who is not getting married in the Church and in fact is getting married for a second or third time?
HERE'S A GOOD ARTICLE ON THE FORGOTTEN SIN OF SCANDAL. I post you comment.